Christmas at Miller & Rhoads

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-02
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
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The Christmas season is a time for traditions, and in Richmond, one particular custom reigned supreme: a family outing to Miller Rhoads department store. There, thousands of smiling faces would be waiting to enter the kingdom of Santaland- an enchanted world marked by glittering snow and intricate train displays. From visits to area hospitals to a young man who demanded only a box of raisins, former Snow Queen Donna Strother Deekens shares her touching and humorous holiday memories from her twenty years in the gown. Kids from one to ninety-two will enjoy reminiscing with characters like the elves, Bruce the Spruce and, of course, Miller Rhoads's legendary 'real Santa.' Discover behind-the-scenes drama and learn firsthand what it was like to partake in this unforgettable event.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Acknowledgementsp. 13
A Childhood Dream Becomes the Perfect Christmas Jobp. 15
The Real Santap. 25
"Time to Check on the Reindeer!"p. 43
It's All About the Childrenp. 57
"Ho, Ho, Ho!": The Humor of the Childrenp. 71
Christmas Visits that Melted the Heartp. 83
The Wonders of the Tea Roomp. 99
Beyond Santalandp. 115
Weary Santa, Tired Snow Queens, Grumpy Elvesp. 131
The Era of Stardustp. 145
Notesp. 153
About the Authorp. 159
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