Christmas at Miller & Rhoads: Memoirs of a Snow Queen written by Donna Strother Deekens
About the book
The Christmas season is a time for traditions, and in Richmond, Va one particular custom reigned supreme: a family outing to Miller & Rhoads department store. There, thousands of smiling faces would be waiting to enter the kingdom of Santaland - an enchanted world marked by glittering snow and intricate train displays. From visits to area hospitals to a young man who demanded only a box of raisins, former Snow Queen Donna Strother Deekens shares her touching and humorous holiday memories from her twenty years in the gown. Kids from one to ninety-two will enjoy reminiscing with characters like the elves, Bruce the Spruce and, of course, Miller & Rhoads's legendary 'real Santa.' Discover behind-the-scenes drama and learn firsthand what it was like to partake in this unforgettable event.
- 160 pages
- Published November 2009
About the author
Donna Strother Deekens is owner and party director of a traveling tea party business, "Teapots, Treats & Traditions." A graduate of Westhampton College of the University of Richmond, she has performed professionally as an actress and soloist. She enjoyed playing the role of Snow Queen for many years at the Miller & Rhoads downtown Richmond, VA department store. In addition to her entertainment background, she has held positions in public relations, marketing and fundraising for governmental, corporate and nonprofit organizations. She is married with two sons.