One of the very first Christmas decorations I bought as an adult was a crèche from Italy. The small stable with the holy family is the first holiday adornment to appear in my home. That simple nativity scene began what has become my collection of crèches from around the world. When I place them around my house, I am reminded about the true meaning of Christmas, but I can only imagine what that holiest of nights was like. Luckily, many churches recreate the scene during the holidays and writer Corey Latta takes a look at several of the more elaborate living nativity scenes in our area.
If you’ve always pictured spending the holidays in an Alpine Village but didn’t have time (or the budget) to book a trip to Germany, you may want to head to Helen, Georgia. You won’t need a passport to visit this Bavarian village that transformed itself from a dying town into a hot destination, especially during the holidays.
Closer to home, we find Tupelo getting ready to celebrate its 150th anniversary, beginning on New Year’s Eve. Writer Jackie Sheckler Finch shares some of the city’s little-known history and some new revelations about the city’s favorite native son, Elvis Presley, who would have been 85 in 2020.
Our holiday stories include an interview with Karolyn Grimes, the original “Zuzu” in the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and a look at what could be Mississippi’s largest Santa Clause collection. We also have tree-timing tips as well as several gift-giving suggestions from books to candles.
DeSoto Magazine wishes you all the joys and miracles of the holiday season.
Peace on Earth and Good Tidings,