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Butterfly Lab on Christmas Morning

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Created: 12/24/2012      Updated: 5/28/2015

There are a handful of reasons why I love volunteering on Christmas morning:

  • My partner and I get to spend some time together away from the usual Christmas chaos,
  • Volunteering when the museum is closed feels like a super-secret-behind-the-scenes-tour, and
  • Butterflies are awesome.

When I was a kid I loved the excitement of sitting around the tree on Christmas morning and opening presents. As an adult it’s been hard to replicate that kind of excitement. Last year, my partner and I decided to volunteer in the Butterfly Lab on Christmas morning… and it was AMAZING.

When we walked into the lab, there was a moment of wonder and excitement as we took a peek into the case to see who had emerged overnight. The flurry of color was just so beautiful. The butterflies looked like little presents that had been opened just for us!

Although I enjoy volunteering in the lab throughout the year, there’s something special about doing it on Christmas morning. I love turning on some Christmas carols, rolling up my sleeves, and getting to work. It’s a great new holiday tradition, and I can't wait for my shift this year!

Jen Walsh
Butterfly Lab Volunteer

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