Remember the excitement and magic of sitting on Santa’s lap? As a child, the holidays were just magical! How can you tap into that childhood holiday magic as an adult woman? One way is take a trip down memory lane.
Today we talked with Donna Deekens who enjoyed being The Snow Queen to The Real Santa for 20 years at the famed Miller & Rhoads department store in Richmond, VA. In fact, Mary and her siblings gleefully trekked each year to Richmond to chat with Snow Queen Donna before being called by name to sit on Santa’s lap! Mary’s experience was one of thousands of youngsters from the Richmond area and far beyond, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and even California.
Donna shared stories of her years “in the gown” from her book Christmas at Miller & Rhoads: Memoirs of a Snow Queen and her new children’s book Santaland: A Miller & Rhoads Christmas.
Donna Deeken's Santaland Booksignings
in Richmond, VA Area
Mon, Dec 13: Barnes & Noble, Chesterfield Towne Center, 4 - 6 pm; Henrico Theatre, Henrico County "Tidings" Concert, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Wed, Dec 15: The Library of Virginia, 12 - 1 pm
Sat, Dec 18: James River Cellars Winery, Holiday Open House, 12 - 4 pm
Sun, Dec 19: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, May Fair House Open House, 10 am - 1 pm; Westhampton Baptist Church and Santa Party, 6 - 8 pm