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Memories of a family-filled Christmas

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We’ve come full circle. Exactly one week after our first guests arrived for the Christmas holiday, the last ones left this morning to return home. Their Glympse maps are on my laptop and iPhone as I follow their travels back to Tennessee and Richmond. The weather is just as it was that day a week ago … drizzly, foggy, and cool. This time last week I was hurrying around finishing last minute details as we prepared for Christmas and family and gifts and dinners.

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas nativity

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
–Luke 2:11

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at LynnRMitchell.com!

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 12 … Linus explains the meaning of Christmas

By Lynn R. Mitchell

A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on December 9, 1965, and became a classic that still rings true almost 50 years later. One reason it remains among the most popular Christmas shows of the season may be because friend Linus reminds Charlie Brown of the true meaning of Christmas by reciting the King James Bible New Testament verses from Luke 2:8-14 describing the birth of Christ.

The fact that the message is delivered by an animated character doesn’t diminish the impact of the meaning.

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A Christmas classic: ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon asked her father if there was really a Santa Claus. He suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York newspaper, because, as he said, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”

And so Virginia wrote her letter:

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Toffee Bars for Christmas

By Lynn R. Mitchell

 Toffee Cookie Bars

This morning another tray of Christmas yumminess went into the oven, a new recipe that came from the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s resident baker Clare Osdene Schapiro (whose husband happens to be the RTD’s political writer Jeff Schapiro).

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Toffee Butter Crunch Candy for the holidays

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Another holiday favorite at our house is toffee (pictured setting up). When set, we will break it into pieces and store for entertaining.

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2 … Monticello $5 admission, ‘White Christmas,’ Shakespeare, Nutcracker

Monticello at ChristmasBy Lynn R. Mitchell

1) Monticello at Christmas

Experience the Colonial Virginia celebration of the holiday season at the home of Thomas Jefferson, open today from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with 1987 admission prices of $5.00. That’s a big savings over the usual $18 for adults and $8 for children. Children younger than 6 are free.

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Shenandoah Valley night brightened with neighborhood Christmas lights

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????It was a brisk and blustery evening to meander the neighborhood as the sun sank tonight behind the Appalachians.  Magical twinkly lights lit up the darkness … white and colorful and brilliant … the illuminations brought holiday cheer to the cold December night. Lighting was tricky so there’s some blurriness but it was fun to see my neighbors’ houses all dressed up for Christmas.

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Christmas is a time to show appreciation and gratitude for those in our lives

Christmas giftsBy Lynn R. Mitchell

When I was a little kid, Christmas was a magical time to pick out a special something for my sisters and parents to show how much they meant to me. Today the same applies for family and friends who are the reason my life feels complete.

While growing up in Bon Air across the James River from Richmond, shopping opportunities were few for two young sisters with limited financial resources. There was the Buford Road Pharmacy and the Bon Air Hardware, both a short one- or two-block ride on our bicycles, so that’s where we did our shopping.

Two very patient older gentlemen worked in the Bon Air Hardware and I’m sure they smiled to themselves as my sister and I walked among the rows of familiar plumbing supplies, carpenter needs, and other materials necessary for the upkeep of a house. Our young eyes wandered up and down the shelves as we searched their contents, hoping to find just the right gift for our parents that was within our price range as the gentlemen offered kind suggestions for the neighborhood kids carrying only a couple of bucks in their pockets.

I say the gift was for our “parents” but it was usually more suited for our mother, and our good-natured Dad just got his name on the tag.

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A Tennessee Christmas parade in Franklin

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????The sights of Christmas Parade day in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

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2014 Stonewall Brigade Band Christmas Concert

Christmas 3By Lynn R. Mitchell

The sounds of Christmas will be performed by the Stonewall Brigade Band, the oldest-continuous among over 2,000 community bands in the nation, when they present their annual Christmas Concert that is free to the public.  Held on Monday, December 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., this band that performs every summer in Gypsy Hill Park will be at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

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RVA’s 30th Annual Grand Illumination is Friday

Richmond James CenterBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A holiday tradition continues. Experience the magic of the holiday season as tens of thousands of twinkly lights illuminate the night sky along the banks of the James River in historic Downtown Richmond during their 30th Annual Grand Illumination.

The James Center Christmas tree and reindeer will be lighted along with downtown office buildings that will brighten the skyline in a festive atmosphere that includes entertainment with special appearances by Snow Bear, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Santa. Don’t miss the fun as Richmond opens the holiday season.

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West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort unveils impressive 1,000-pound chocolate holiday display

By Lynn R. Mitchell

 

Pictured clockwise from top left: Jean-Francois Suteau, Executive Pastry Chef at The Greenbrier, stands next to one of his chocolate creations; some of the resort’s holiday-themed chocolate structures; The Greenbrier’s impressive 1,000-pound chocolate Christmas display.

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