Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

The perfect decoration for the Holidays!
By Cheryl Hollon

This is the first holiday season after my beloved mother passed. It is a bittersweet joy to hang this treasured banner on my wall to celebrate the twelve days of Christmas.

It’s a fascination we shared from my childhood. One year, my mom’s sister-in-law gifted her with a kit to make this simple green felt banner.

It took Mom about a month to cut out, stitch, and decorate each figure with sequins, glitter, pearls, and rhinestones.

She also left me the pattern! I’ve started to make tree ornaments for family presents, starting with the partridge and the pear tree. Of course, I’ll make a dozen of each.

I love the way the banner looks perfectly at home in my little condo. It has its perfect place next to my bird lamp. Mom and I also share a deep love for birdsong in the mornings.

The banner now joins my Twelve Days of Christmas dessert plates, cookie cutters, napkins, tablecloths, and very soon, ornaments.

What family heirlooms come out for display during your holidays?

My Paint & Shine Mysteries are set in the Daniel Boone National Forest. My parents were born, raised, and now rest in the Adams Family Cemetery in Wolfe County, Kentucky. The characters spend a lot of time preparing traditional southern meals along with creating moonshine cocktails. Please consider buying local. Independent bookstores need your help during this challenging time.

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