Enjoy a Canned Christmas at the P. J. Ahern Home on July 23


Saturday, July 23 it’s a Canned Christmas in July with the Texarkana Museums System at the P.J. Ahern home in Texarkana, Arkansas. Some awesome Christmas decorations are going to be made with mason jars, and a start to your very own Rumtopf.

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Join the Texarkana Museums System on Saturday, July 23 for “Canned Christmas” from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the P. J. Ahern Home, 403 Laurel, in historic downtown Texarkana. Create canning jar Christmas gifts and learn how to start your own delicious Rumtopf for the Holidays! Tickets are $25 per person or $20 for TMS Members. Tickets are on sale now at TexarkanaMuseums.org/Events or call TMS at 903-793-4831 for more details. Deadline for ticket purchase is Thursday, July 21.

The Texarkana Museum System presents a workshop featuring two activities using vintage canning jars from the P. J. Ahern home. Participants will make recipe kits with decorative lids, then start their own Rumtopf, which will be ready to eat by Christmas!

Have you ever heard of rumtopf? This delicious fruit concoction is an Austrian, German, and Danish dessert of mixed fruit and alcohol traditionally eaten around Christmas. “Rumtopf” literally translates to “rum pot,” referring to the crock in which the fruit is aged.

Participants will also prepare a recipe kit in a jar by assembling dry ingredients, adding a recipe card, and decorating the lid. The result makes a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift. There will be multiple recipes and decorative designs to choose from.

Basic supplies, including fruit; vintage canning jars and lids; and craft materials will be provided. Guests must bring their own rum or vodka (100 proof or higher) for use in the Rumtopf. Participants will receive reminders over the summer and fall months to add fruits as they come into season.

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