Faulkner Lifestyle December 2018 Issue

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BY COLLEEN HOLT

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

As is her tradition, Lori has

turned her home in Vilonia

into a dazzling Christmas

wonderland. From elves to nutcrackers

to snowflakes, a variety of holiday

favorites are included.

“Christmas has always been my most

favorite holiday! It embraces all my

favorite things … giving, joy, love and

grace,” Lori said. “I start decorating for

Christmas in early October in hopes to

have it done by Thanksgiving.”

Lori said she has been decorating for

Christmas “as long as I can remember,”

and 2018 includes six trees and other

décor throughout the home. “I’ve always

had one to two trees and now up to eight

each year … then the front porch and

mantles.” Each tree comes with its own

theme and special meaning, and items

are purchased throughout the year to

add to the trees. However, “well loved”

ornaments are still used year after year.

“My son has collected nutcrackers since

he was very little. We add a special one

each year that has something to do

with our family that year … maybe a

vacation taken or big event. Some of

them have one eye or an arm missing,

but they all have special meaning,”

she said. “I buy things everywhere! If

it jumps out at one of us we grab it! It

makes each tree more special. Like last

year my daughter and I attended The

Nutcracker … so naturally we bought a

nutcracker there to add to our tree!”

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