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“To: Mom, From: Santa” My Boys Couldn’t Believe It!

Phyllis People 25 Comments

As I child, I refused to believe there was no Santa! I am the oldest of three children, so I was the first to go to school and hear all the opinions on this subject. One weirdo kid proceeded to tell me that it was not true and that my parents were fibbing. But they would never—right? Either way, it …

Christmas Memories

Christmas Is Almost Here!

Phyllis Lifestyle 16 Comments

I love watching children at Christmas. I adore the sticky faces and fingers from a zealous candy cane eater and the colored icing that always manages to appear on each child’s outfit during cookie decorating and the fun holiday get-togethers this time of year brings. One of the season’s highlights for us as children was Christmas tree shopping. In our …

Silver Bell Ornaments

Jingle Bells! My Christmas Tree Ornament Tradition

Phyllis Lifestyle 27 Comments

I love ornaments, and I have so many favorites that my grandchildren have made for me. Every year as I unpack them,  I let my mind think back to wonderful times and beautiful celebrations. When Neal and I got married, we started a silver jingle bell ornament collection. Since we were married on December 23, these bells are a treasured Christmas …

Christmas Tree Theme - The Ribbon in my Journal

Find The Perfect Christmas Tree Theme

Phyllis Décor 8 Comments

I can’t help but get a thrill when the perfectly themed Christmas tree steals my attention! Dressing up your tree with the same collection of ornaments can become exhausting. I love the practice of using a whimsical theme to guide your selection of tree decorations. You can combine a beautiful mix of holiday pieces to create the perfect Christmas tree for …

Christmas in St. Augustine

Celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine

Phyllis Lifestyle 2 Comments

I just love the traditions and beauty this time of year. Although I don’t often get to travel during the holiday season, I so enjoy seeing the different decorations and holiday magic of each city. When I do travel I tend to head north towards the cooler weather. Neal and I had the best time when we went up to …