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A rural Christmas in Victorian America meant drinking. Lots of it. Weary field work was for the most part finished, and, with the harvest in, the pantries were full. And so out came the bottles: Time to celebrate. Especially in the South, where the season was a “general scene of dissipation and idleness.” Even the children were brought—literally—into the spirits, thanks to potent eggnog. The Surratt House Museum is holding its 27th annual “Victorian Yuletide,” which will feature period greens, antique dolls and toys, and vintage greeting cards and ornaments, plus “Union” and “Confederate” sentries to escort visitors “through the lines.” Also, Kevin Rawlings will appear as “Civil War Santa.” Of course, following the Civil War, Mary Surratt was hanged for alleged involvement in Lincoln’s assassination. But let’s not think of murder this Christmas. Let’s think of the children. Drunk as skunks. The event has hours Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, with this evening’s festivities beginning at 6 p.m. at the Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton. $3. (301) 868-1121. (Dave Nuttycombe)