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Local Home Features 2011 Holiday Gift Guide Holiday recipes from local chefs

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Two easy recipes from Wilson chef to consider while entertaining this holiday season

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I Am Wilson

Writers: Janelle Clevinger, Bradley Hearn

30 What’s your tradition?

Art: Gérard Lange | Graphic Design Keith Barnes | Photography Brad Coville | Photography Bradley Hearn | Photography Amber McDaniels | Photography Gray Whitley | Photography

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Angie Bass stands in her dining room during the winter of 2010. Bass is one of many area women who take their home decor to the next level during the holidays. See more starting on page 20. Photo by Gray Whitley

Area church feeds hundreds in its annual Thanksgiving meal to the needy

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Church continues legacy of giving

Dozens of people line up at Barnes Elementary School in 2010 for a Thanksgiving meal provided by Glad Tiding of Gospel Hall Church of Wilson.

Thanksgiving meal feeds hundreds


What started over 10 years as a church food bank for the less fortunate, has expanded into a special day of giving for one local church. Glad Tiding of Gospel Hall Church of Wilson will once again feed approximately 200 needy citizens this Thanksgiving as part of its outreach ministry. The legacy “About ten years ago we were giving away food to the needy and then started having Thanksgiving dinners at Barnes Elementary School for those who didn’t have families and homeless people who didn’t have anybody to eat with,” said Jackie Jones, who coordinates the dinner for the church. “The meal is a good calling for our church to help those who are less fortunate than us to have a good Thanksgiving.” The Thanksgiving Day meal is open to anyone who either can’t afford a good hot meal or does not want to be alone on that holiday. All the food is homemade and includes turkey (baked, fried


story by Janelle Clevinger photography by Brad Coville

and barbecued), ham, dressing, gravy, rice, sweet potatoes, candied yams, macaroni collard greens, cabbage and string beans, a spread of cakes and pies, and a variety of beverages. spreading the word Word of mouth is usually how people find out about the free Thanksgiving meal.“We’ve been doing this so long that people just know to come,” Jones said. “Last year, the Barnes Elementary School lunch room was full.” Church member Shirley Gardner has also been involved in the Thanksgiving feast since its beginning 10 years ago. Her heart goes out to those who don’t have the means to enjoy a good Thanksgiving meal. “You just want what everyone else has, getting together with family and having a good meal,” Gardner said. “If you’re a mother or father raising children by her or himself, it hurts to know that you can’t give your children that Thanksgiving dinner. And nobody FALL/Winter 2011


Glad Tiding church provides hundreds of meals wants to be alone on a holiday.” About 20 people from Glad Tiding church help cook and serve the meal, which begins at noon on Thanksgiving Day. “We divide the food up among the sisters so it wouldn’t be a strain on any one person,” Gardner said. “But we make sure that there is enough food that nobody goes home hungry.” “We cook enough food for an army,” laughed Gardner. “And our food is cooked with love.” In fact, so much food is cooked that participants are encouraged to take home plates of food and leftovers are given to local boarding houses. The Glad Tiding church members do not mind giving up their Thanksgivings to serve food to others that day. In fact, the volunteers’ families are there as well as the church family. “Our pastor, Elder Sandy Jones, deacons, missionaries, sisters – the entire church family is there,” Gardner said. “Our pastor has been our inspiration, teaching us to work together for the good of all man. It’s because of him that this whole thing comes together so well. You’ve got to put your heart in it. If you don’t put your heart in it, it won’t turn out right.” “We take our Thanksgiving and give it to them,” Jones said. “It really makes us happier to see that they are being fed and to let them enjoy themselves. “It brightens us up to see them eat a good, hot meal on a special day, but it’s really not about us. It’s about those who are really in need.” After participants enjoy the meal, the entire group can socialize and stay as long as they’d like. “We laugh, we pray, we sing – it really depends on the crowd,” Gardner said. “We just want those who are alone or feel alone to know that there is someone out here that cares.” Glad Tiding Gospel Hall Church accepts donations of food for both their food bank and the Thanksgiving dinner. If interested in donating, please call Jackie Jones at 252218-8895. The ladies of Glad Tiding divide up the food preparation, so that they have enough to feed the packed Barnes Elementary cafeteria. They cook so much, they even encourage the participants to take food home with them.


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Lynne Bigness is a chef with Aramark at Barton College. She has lived in Wilson for 17 years.

For Lynne Bigness, cooking for the holidays — whether for your family, an office party or other event — is all about relaxing and keeping it simple. “Yeah, right,” you say? She believes that people put too much pressure on themselves because of the other stress this time of the year brings on people. If you’re entertaining, “make your food simple and nice and everyone will be happy,” she said. “Do not stress over it. They really won’t know if you screw something up or it’s not the way you had it planned. Whatever it is, you can probably adjust it or fix it yourself.” On the next page, Bigness lays out two extremely simple recipes to keep in mind while looking for something to prepare for those visiting relatives. For the first dish, wrap some figs or dates with bacon. For the second, wrap asparagus spears with a little prosciutto and cream cheese. Now how easy was that?

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is a favorite appetizer and an easy one to prepare when family comes to visit.

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Applewood Smoked

Bacon-Wrapped Figs or Dates

from Wilson chef Lynne Bigness with Aramark at Barton College Ingredients

24 figs or dates 12 slices of Applewood-smoked bacon cooked halfway


1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup olive oil


Wrap 1/2 piece of bacon around 1 fig or date and secure with a toothpick and place in a dish, repeat for remaining ingredients. Pour marinade over the top of figs or dates and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Pour off marinade and back at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until bacon is cooked.


ProsciuttoWrapped Asparagus

from Wilson chef Lynne Bigness with Aramark at Barton College Ingredients

15 thinly sliced pieces of prosciutto 15 trimmed and blanched asparagus 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese at room temperature


Lay out 1 piece of prosciutto at a time, spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the prosciutto and roll the asparagus up in the prosciutto.

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Red Accent Chest

This vintage Bombe in an aged brick red and rustic brown finish is sure to accent any home perfectly. It features a scalloped front, three drawers and hand-painted floral accents.

Hope’s Furniture, 252-399-4839

Flower Chair / Ottoman

Make your holiday shopping relaxing this year and stop by Hope’s Furniture and try out their great selection of chairs and sofas, including this solid-wood-framed chair with hundreds of fabric choices to match anyone’s decor.

Hope’s Furniture, 252-399-4839

Horseshoe Diamond Ring

Make your gift sparkle this year. Come to Churchwell’s and look at this horseshoe diamond ring, made 14-kt white gold, 1.19 cts of diamonds and designed by Anderson Bass, Churchwell’s custom designer.

Churchwell’s Jewelers, 252-237-7166


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Sapphire Diamond Necklace

Dress an outfit up any season of the year with this gorgeous sapphire necklace. Made with 14-kt white gold, 2.94 cts of sapphires and 1.11 cts of diamonds, this necklace is sure to turn heads. Custom made by Anderson Bass, Churchwell’s custom designer.

Churchwells Jewelers, 252-237-7166 WILSON WOMAN

Solid Wood Console Cabinets

Dwight’s TV carries a variety of solid wood console cabinets for your TV in a variety of finishes and styles. Sony Bravia 3-D, HD TV’s, 32” up to 65”. We also carry recliners and Oreck vacuums.

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Meet the newest luxury sedan from Buick. Our engineers and designers worked closely to bring a thoughtful approach to every detail. From the elegantly sculptured exterior to a luxurious interior design, every inch of the 2012 Verano is purposeful and elegant.

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Desk and Wall Calendars

Give the gift of organization for 2012. Fine Print Stationery has a great selection of desk and wall calendars to choose from.

Fine Print Stationery, 252-206-0619


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Lots of gift ideas can be found at Wilson Hardware. Santas, Anna Lees, Madame Alexander dolls, White House ornaments, Jewelry, scarves and antiques just to name a few.

Wilson Hardware, 252-243-3174

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Black Sequin Ugg Boots

Great for any occasion, these black sequin boots from Ugg are on anyone’s list this season. Keep your tired feet fashionable and warm this season by stopping by JoLiAn Shoes & Apparel.

JoLiAn Shoes & Apparel, 252-291-3899

Niven Morgan Products

Stay clean, moisturized and smelling good all year round with any one of the variety of Niven Morgan products available at The Flower Pot. Body lotions, hand creams, bubble baths, candles and more are available in either the fresh, intoxicating “Blue Scent” or the sophisticated and sexy “Gold Scent,” Niven Morgan’s signature fragrance.

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Tacori Diamond Engagement Ring and Band

Put a smile on your special someone’s face this holiday season with an antique-style platinum and diamond engagement ring and wedding band by Tacori.

Vaughan’s Jewelers, 252-243-5707

Three-drawer French Antiqued Black Chest with Gold Accents

Stuart Walston, Inc. is the place for all of your home decorating needs. From fabric to furniture to gifts and accessories, we can help you spruce up your home for the holidays or find the perfect gift to place under the tree. $2,185

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Christmas has arrived at Stuart Walston, Inc.! Visit us for all of the best holiday decorations to deck your halls. We have ornaments, Annalees, holiday figurines and much more! $100

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Holiday Invitational Art Show and Sale

Once again the holiday season gets into full swing with the Arts Council of Wilson’s Holiday Invitational Art Show and Sale, Nov. 18 through Dec. 21 at the Wilson Arts Center! All our galleries will be brimming with original works of art from talented Wilson artists and many others from across the state. Paintings, photographs, glass and ceramic art, jewelry, hand-carved ornaments, Christmas decorations and more will be available. Be sure to bring your gift list and have a jolly good time shopping for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts of art!

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Home Furnishings

With a newly renovated showroom, Interior Accents has a wide range of fine home furnishings to give your home a fresh, new style.

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Christmas Creations

Wilson’s newest and largest Christmas store has over 60 decorated trees, custom decorating, wreaths, garlands, arrangements, as well as plenty of ribbon and bows. Located on Hwy. 301, it should be your first stop as you prepare your home for a festive holiday season.

Interior Accents is the perfect place to look for beautiful and classy gifts for anyone on your list. With a variety of custom window treatments, lamps, oil paintings, custom bed ensembles, blinds, carpet, florals and prints, you’d be tempted to just shop for yourself this season.

Interior Accents, 252-291-5575

Christmas Creations, 252-206-9880

2012 Nissan Altima 2.5S

Style and craftsmanship go hand in hand in this sedan. Unexpected upscale touches like stitched leather, heated front seats, wood-tone details, and patterned metallic accents are options that invite you to stay. Relish in the spaciousness and comfort of the available dual zone automatic temperature control. It will provide one ride you will never forget.

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Santas by Karen Didion

These special and unique Santas come in a variety of styles — from traditional Santas to ones that appeal to outdoorsmen, wine or train enthusiasts — and have been featured in specialty gift shops across the United States. All of the attention given to the details make these collectible Santas special to give as a gift or collect all year round.

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Flameless Candles

Flameless Candles allow you to have it all: beauty, scent and ambiance, together with a safe and clean environment for the holidays and throughout the year. The candles are now 15% off at Creations by Culbreth through December 30.

Creations by Culbreth, 252-237-8284

Viena Wall Clock

Kencraft has a beautiful selection of clocks in a variety of styles like this Viena Regulator wall clock. We also have mantle and grandfather clocks to choose from, as well as clock repairs.

Kencraft, 252-243-0028.

Wellington Hall Mahogany Inlaid Sideboard with Fluted Legs Featuring a serpentine front with two doors and door drawers of elegant mahogany, this sideboard is the perfect accent to any home. Get it now while it’s drastically reduced. Sale price, $995 (reg, $1,895)

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Shimmermint Elf

With a sparkling personality, this Shimmermint Elf is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Hanging from a chandelier or standing quietly on a mantle, these posable elves are sure to be a hit with young and old alike. Whether you’re starting a new tradition or are an annual collector, The Nook has the whole Winter Whimsey collection for you to choose from, including Santas, elves, mice and other animals.

The Nook, 252-243-2503

Pride Luxury Lift Chair

Available from Pride, come see this luxury lift chair with a biscuit back design at Family Medical Supply. This particular Chaise lounge comes with 3 positions, a 375-pound weight capacity and a 2-year limited warranty.

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Gingerbread A Gingerbread Christmas House

from Wilson chef Lynne Bigness

Ingredients for Dough

6 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 4 teaspoons ground ginger 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) butter, softened 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup honey 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Make the Gingerbread Dough

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and well blended. Beat in the eggs, honey and lemon juice until well combined. Beat half of the flour mixture into the molasses mixture until well blended and smooth. Stir in the remaining flour until well blended. If dough is too soft, add a little more flour. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight. Let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before rolling out. Rolled out to 1/2�, bake at 300 degrees.

Bigness constructed this gingerbread house for an event in 2007. Gingerbread houses are perfect holiday family activities because they can be as big and elaborate as your family’s imaginations allow.



Assembling the House

Use posterboard or cardboard to practice the shapes you will use to construct your gingerbread house. Then use these shapes to trace-cut out your shapes from the rolledout dough. Place cut-out dough pieces back on the cookie sheet and bake an additional 1 hour or 1 1/2 hours.

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Subtle or splashy, decorating styles for the Christmas holidays encompass it all. story by Janelle Clevinger photography by Gray Whitley


One tree is not enough for Angie Bass

Angie Bass decorates her Trinity Drive home with two trees: one that sticks to a traditional theme, and one that shouts “Bright Christmas” instead of “White Christmas.” The tree that occupies the dining room is classic and traditional, decorated in gold, silver and red with white electric lights. Bass and her husband Anderson, who own Churchwell’s Jewelers, cover that tree with ornaments handed down from her in-laws. “Most of those ornaments are sterling silver and have dates on the back, going back to the 70s and 80s,” Bass said. “And now we try to give our girls silver ornaments to carry on the tradition.” A fireplace mantle in the dining room is covered with classic live greenery. The den’s fireplace mantle also displays live greenery but is adorned with colorful glass Christmas balls. The Christmas tree in the Bass den can best be described as “whimsical.” “This tree has lots of color with pinks, greens, purples, yellows … all those fun colors,” Bass said. “We use colored lights and white lights and lots of little beaded picks on top of the tree, some of which have different colored ostrich feathers on them.” Bass said that the whimsical tree is her children’s favorite and they enjoy decorating it with her. “We reminisce about ornaments from years past and try to give the kids new ornaments each year that reflect with they did during that year, such as horseback riding, playing piano, ballet and soccer,” Bass said. “We have lots of what the kids made in preschool, some of which have their photos from back then on them.” Bass describes herself as “a little bit craftsy and a little bit artsy” and


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In keeping with a traditional holiday decorating style in her dining room, Angie Bass covers the fireplace mantle with greenery, artificial berries and gold holiday horns. WILSON WOMAN

The Trinity Drive home of Angie and Anderson Bass combines traditional and whimsical decorating schemes at Christmas. The Bass dining room stays traditional, with heirloom ornaments on the tree and classic gold and red accents throughout the room.

adds some Christmas-themed artwork around the house that she has created. The outside of the Bass house stays traditional for the holidays, decorated mostly with pine garland under each window with pretty tartan-plaid ribbon. “We do have the light-up deer in the yard that move, however,” laughed Bass. Even though Bass’ two trees and house are filled with holiday decorations, she can’t resist adding more to her collection. But she knows that something has to give. “Lord, I have to buy new decorations every year, something to add to the collection,” Bass said. “For the very first time, I will be getting rid of some of my older decorations this year.” Bass is especially fond of this time of the year, despite it being incredibly busy as a business owner. “This is a special time of the year for us owning a jewelry store, and we enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holidays with people coming in at the last minute buying gifts,” Bass said. “And I decorate the store too, starting before Thanksgiving because the Shoppes at Brentwood Open House is right after that.” Bass begins adorning her home for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving and keeps the decorations up at least a few days after the New Year.

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Te r e s a N e l s o n decorates with fresh fruit and greener y


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rangement of a pineapple, lemons and real magnolia leaves over her front door, often has to decorate the outside of her home later in the month of December than she’d really like. “I sometimes wait until middle of December to put the display over the door so it will last until Christmas,” Nelson said. “It’s been so warm in years past that the fruit has started to go bad.” Nelson decorates in what she deems a colonial or traditional style. “A lot of people have gone to the artsy, contemporary type decorations,” Nelson said. “But I prefer to stay traditional.” Traditional for Nelson includes a live Christmas tree every year decorated with all white lights. “As a child we had an aluminum tree, eventually with one of those color wheels, and I promised myself that if I had the money as an adult, I would buy live trees,” Nelson said. “When my children were little, I tried to make Christmas fun for them and it’s still important to me.” In addition to the white lights, Nelson decorates her tree with ornaments collected over the years, including many made from items given to her and her husband from their children when they were small. “We have photos of the three children


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A traditional Williamsburg wreath and swag above the door greet visitors to Teresa Nelson’s Sierra Drive home.


on the tree,” she said. “Lots of memories are on that tree.” Nelson begins decorating her house for the holidays during the first weekend in December. Greenery used inside is now artificial, as she discovered years ago that real greenery wilts quickly with inside heat, not to mention the cost savings. Another way Nelson saves money is to reuse the ornamental picks used in her floral decorations, which are created by local florists. “I always keep the picks from the arrangements and bring them back to the florist every year so they can use them again in the interior table arrangements,” Nelson said. One of the first steps in Nelson’s decorating process is to switch out the china in her china cabinet to a set decorated with a Christmas pattern. Then she places red, glass balls around the china. Next, she changes out some of the artwork in the house with Christmas-themed art. Nelson and her husband pastor a local church, so the Christmas holiday is a very important one to them. “We don’t do a lot of entertaining, but we do entertain folks from the church one evening during the Christmas season and they always look forward to seeing our decorations,” Nelson said. Nelson doesn’t feel like she goes overboard with her decorating until the holidays are over. “I only feel that I go overboard when it’s time to clean all those decorations up,” laughed Nelson. “I keep accumulating them, but I finally gave away some of my decorations last year.” Red, green and gold hues draw your eyes to the festive mantle in the Nelson home.

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G.R.I.T.S. the Musical Performance and Art Exhibition


Plenty of folks came out for the first show of the Boykin Series XV season on September 23, featuring “G.R.I.T.S.: The Musical.” Based on the best-selling “G.R.I.T.S.” (Girls Raised in the South) series of books by author Deborah Ford, the musical featured four women of four generations celebrating all things Southern. A party in the lobby before the performance featured women in vintage Southern garb and a buffet of shrimp and grits, provided by Jac’s Grill.

Susan Webb, left, Fran Tyson and Clara Daughtridge, all local artists from Saratoga, had their paintings exhibited in the Boykin Center’s Hammond Gallery during the pre-party and got into the evening’s spirit by dressing like Southern belles.

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Among those enjoying the shrimp and grits and local art before the show were Pearla Lowe, left, Kathie Davis and Mary De Guehery.

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Wilson is now home to two stores aimed at bringing the Christmas spirit to the area all year round. And each — one perhaps a temporary, seasonal store — offers complimentary items to give your home a festive spirit. The newest addition to Wilson’s Christmas decor market is called Christmas Creations and located at 1900 U.S. 301 S. and was started by Donnie Glover as an ancillary business to his other store, Interior Accents. Glover originally purchased the building in August, located not even a quarter of a mile up U.S. 301, as an investment but later found that he could expand the Christmas items that he would normally display at Interior Accents. And with an excess of 70 decorated Christmas trees on display, adorned with all kinds of ornaments and other accessories, Glover is appreciative of the larger space and not having to squeeze the seasonal items in a corner of his other store. “It’s a total Christmas shop,” said Glover. “We were really confined in the other shop.” In addition to the decorated trees, Christmas Creations also offers a wide variety of “sit around stuff” like electric and wax candles, Santas, elves, nativity scenes, snowmen, wreaths and garlands, as well arrangements and custom decorating. Glover is not




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sure at this point if the store will permanently be Christmas Creations, or whether he will rent the space. “It all depends on this Christmas,” he said. “I’m optimistic, though.” For now, though, he is thrilled that the opportunity to expand and divide his business into two separate buildings presented itself. “Everything works out from time to time,” said Glover. The other destination for Wilson shoppers looking for holiday-inspired gifts is permanent and has been a mainstay of downtown Wilson since 2009. Creations by Culbreth, owned by Culbreth Spivey, is located at 222 Tarboro Street and offers a vast array of holiday collectibles and gift ideas. For Christmas items, he offers a variety of ornaments, tree skirts, stockings, Lynn Haney Santas, Karen Didion Santas and Mark Roberts-designed products. But the store, Spivey insists, is great for gift ideas throughout the year. Come browse the merchandise for ideas for birthdays, graduations, items for the home or any other occasions. They carry many Beanpod candles, stationery and Cinda B handbags, totes, travel bags, baby bags and accessories — just to name a few. The life of Creations by Culbreth, however, goes back further than just the Wilson store. Spivey has been traveling to holiday shows and selling his gifts since 2004. He then created a full-service website where customers in other states could purchase items. The opening of the store three years ago was the third step he envisioned when he began traveling to shows many years before. “Ultimately, I’d like to become a destination place,” said Spivey. “Somewhere that when you think of Christmas, you think of coming downtown and going to Culbreth’s.” As was his plan, Culbreth is certainly becoming a Wilson-rooted brand, represented now at temporary shows, with a strong presence on the web and in the downtown brick and mortar building. Creations by Culbreth is open from 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 on Saturday. Christmas Creations is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. WWW.WILSONTIMES.COM

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Holiday Traditions


The Wilson Times Facebook friends share their family heritage

Question Hey friends! What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Amy Bridgers Each Thanksgiving night we go to Meadow Lights near Benson. For our family, the trip signifies the end of Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas season and festivities. The sights are beautiful. A visit with Santa and a ride on the train and merry-go-round are a delight for my children. We also enjoy the sweet treats that can be found in the country store.

Crystal Tharrington Battle My Dad has this “Christmas Competition” with my 2 sisters and I every year. It starts with the 12 days of Chirstmas texts that we have to get right and be the 1st to answer and then on Christmas day it’s like field day. We are very competive so it’s a ton of fun. So far every year I have gotten the “little trophy” but I plan on that changing this year.

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Every Christmas Eve my family makes Homemade Pizza and watches the movie, The Christmas Story.

Missy Finley Johnson Thanksgiving night all my kids come help put up the tree and we watch Christmas vacation.

Christie Davis “THE HOMEMADE EGGNOG” The whole family gets to help even the little ones.....We use the imitation brandy flavoring and frozen yogurt. It is light and delicious! hangovers guaranteed!

Marilyn Logan We continue an old family tradition that consists of cooking a hickory smoked, salt cured, and pepper coated Surry County VA ham in an old fashioned lard stand and wrapping it in an old quilt for 12 hours. Breakfast Christmas morning consists of hot ham biscuits that melt in your mouth. Slap your Mama good!13 hours ago · LikeUnlike

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Suzette Gudac Gibson One of my favorite memories was always helping my mother arrange a tabletop manger scene. I now get to enjoy my daughters helping set up our manger and hearing my eldest tell the story of Jesus’s birth! Priceless!


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Wilson Woman, Winter 2011/2012  

Wilson Woman, Winter 2011/2012