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Dear Friends:

It has finally gotten cold in Mathews! The weather here has been balmy until this morning—now it really feels like Christmas is just around the corner.

I’m here in Mathews for some last minute signing before I head to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, with my youngest daughter Ginny. I am most honored to be receiving an honorary degree for public service from Shippensburg University this Saturday. When I accept the degree, I will do so knowing that it wouldn’t be possible without the help of my friends and collectors who care about others. I hope to have some pictures to share with you next week.

Pat's painting of Shippensburg University will be released as a print by the University this weekend and will become available through Moss dealers on January 18th. It costs $125 and part of the proceeds will benefit construction of the University's performing arts center.

After the ceremony Saturday, Ginny and I will drive back to Waynesboro, where I’ll be signing in the Museum’s gift shop from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Please come if you can and see the breathtaking decorations at the Museum. My staff has really outdone themselves this year. It looks more fabulous than ever!

The Museum's front hall looks resplendent in its Holiday colors...

So, too the doll house.

The dolls have dressed up their front porch every bit as nicely
as the Museum staff dressed up theirs. The Museum's doll house
is a big hit with children.

On the way back from Shippensburg, Ginny and I will stop in Luray to have dinner with my son John at the restaurant where he works—have to see as many of my kids as I can before Christmas!

The middle of next week I’ll be off to my daughter Mary’s house in Radford for Christmas! I’m almost as excited as my grandchildren.

This past weekend at the Museum, storyteller Susan Blanton from the Waynesboro Public Library came and delighted young and old alike with her holiday stories. Susan was exceptional! She not only used hand puppets herself but also let the children use them to help tell the stories. Susan treated her audience to a story about a cinnamon bun, which ran away from an old man and woman only to be gobbled up by a clever fox. The children used the puppets to help Susan with her story about a man who was paid by his boss with animals in a “Twelve Days of Christmas” format.

Storyteller Susan Blanton, from the Waynesboro Public Library, entertains adults and children alike with her captivating stories at the Museum.

This was the Museum’s first Christmas program for children, and it was co-sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. We were thrilled to have fifty-five children and adults on hand. In addition to Susan’s wonderful storytelling, Dell Philpott with the Foundation office handed out Christmas card-making kits, complete with a box of crayons, to each child. “Amanda Elf” (Amanda Davis of my Museum staff) helped hand out candy canes, stickers, and pencils.

“Amanda Elf”, AKA Amanda Davis, keeps the children smiling at the Museum's first Chrsitmas program for children.

I’m really happy that the Museum and the Foundation work closely to provide programs like this for the community, and I want to thank my staff, Dell, and all others who help make it happen.

Christmas blessings!


Editor's Note: Pat has released another college print edition called Ruffner Hall, of Longwood College, Virginia. It is available now for $125 from the Longwood College Bookstore and from your local Moss dealer.

Ruffner Hall at Longwood College.

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