December 2004

A jewel of a holiday

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Hallelujah! Ruby Ann Boxcar, "Dame Edna of the double-wide world," is back and giving St. Nick a run for his money in Move Over, Santa Ruby's Doin' Christmas!. Ruby Ann and the folks at the High Chaparral Trailer Park are celebrating the 12 days before Christmas in true down-home style with a cornucopia of kitschy crafts, thrifty decorating ideas, rustically exotic recipes and kicky entertaining tips. "I wanted to show the world what a real-life Christmas is like, warts and all," she declares. Replete with Ruby's holiday makeup suggestions, tales of Chaparral Christmases past, a blessing from Pastor Ida May Bee of the Holier Than Most Baptist Church, and 12 days of yuletide advice, this hilarious little bible will rock your Christmas present, especially after a shot of sister Donna Sue's Jingle Bell Punch. And when you're finally finished making that wooden spoon reindeer and shotgun shell Santa for your mantel, you can relax with a plateful of O, Tanenbaum, Taters and Velveeta Cheese Fudge. Yum, y'all!

Alison Hood still waits up for Santa every Christmas Eve and eats way too many cookies while keeping watch at the hearth.

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