Holding on to Christmas

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I’m a woman of good intentions, and my attitude toward holiday decor is no exception. I grew up in a house where we decorated for Christmas a short time before the holiday and left up the trimmings well into the New Year. Mom, having spent time in Germany as a child, called it Old Christmas; Daddy called it Ancient Christmas. Point is, I have gotten quite a reputation for leaving up my holiday decor long past what any normal person would consider an expiration date. As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving and I’ve still got jack o’lanterns littering my home, and there are orange pumpkin lights still strung across my porch. The mister had the good taste to hide the extension cord so I can no longer plug them in. I always have good...

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Southern in: Salt Lake City, UT II...

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  Here in Salt Lake City, the winter season is officially upon us. The ski resorts opened up in full force last week, just in time for the Thanksgiving crowd and Temple Square is decorated with such beauty and enthusiasm, I'm imagining that it would give the North Pole a run for its money. Christmas and winter are taken on with a zeal that is almost indescribable here in America's Zion. Seriously, if Yuletide were a sport, Utah would be world champion of the extreme version. It is an absolutely magical time of year. As a southern transplant from coastal North Carolina, I’ve been transported to the winter wonderland that I've always romanticized while sitting on my mama's porch swing after Christmas dinner, wearing shirtsleeves and glad for the scent of burning leaves because...

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From the Editor: Happy Drawl-idays...

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Dear Readers: It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is in full swing. Here at Drawl headquarters, the temperature is still in the 70s and we’re having a hard time adjusting to the idea of December, but we are certainly looking forward to it. While Drawl and the region it represents are always immersed in a mixture of tradition and change, the holidays make this paradox even more noticeable. This is reflected in our Holiday Traditions collection, where some of our writers talk about their memories and how their holiday rituals have changed over the years. Since this is a season of joy and abundance, we’re bringing you 31 days of Drawl. Look for new content on our site every day from December 1st through 31st. We’ll share crafting ideas for gift-making and...

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Christmas Memories

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  The first Christmas service I remember, I was very small. I was wearing a dark green velvet dress, and I’m pretty sure we were in Florida. The church was huge, white on the inside, and very brightly lit. It was packed, and each person held a slim white candle with a cardboard hand guard. A few years later, we were at a different Christmas service in Florida. This one was at a megachurch, and they had an extremely impressive Nativity. There was an entire Bethlehem set up, including several donkeys and at least one camel. Its name was Coco, and it slobbered all over my grandmother. The house I grew up in was across someone's back yard from a Methodist church, and even though we were Episcopal, we went to that Methodist church...

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