Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Tree Tour: Phyliss Miranda

My sister Filly, Phyliss Miranda sent me photos of her two favorite Christmas trees! Here's what she has to say:

I’m happy, yet sad.  My five grandkids moved back to the Texas Panhandle from San Antonio, Texas, this spring.  I’m thrilled to have them so close, but also kinda sad that I wasn’t down on the plaza for the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Alamo this year.   

The tree if sponsored by the H-E-B grocery chain and it’s a white fir, hailing from the Shasta Mountains of Northern California, and is 55 feet tall!  Big, just like Texas!  The ornaments consist of strings of over ten thousand environmentally-sensitive LED lights and children’s book.  What a sight to behold!  Over to the north of the Alamo you can see the old Crockett Hotel sign. 

My second favorite tree is in New York City at Rockefeller Center.   I had to pleasure of being in NYC during the Christmas season with fellow author, Jodi Thomas, and our then Kensington editor, Hilary Sares a couple of years ago.  This tree is absolutely breathtaking.
Hope you enjoy two of my favorite Christmas trees. 

A native Texan, Phyliss Miranda still believes in the Code of the Old West. She enjoys sharing her love for antiques, the lost art of quilting, and the magnificent sunsets of the Texas Panhandle with her readers.

Born to protect and serve, these rugged lawmen are the stuff of Texas legend. 

Phyliss Miranda, teams up with Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, and DeWanna Pace to bring you four red-blooded Rangers and the women who tame their hearts ...
Give Me a Texas Ranger 
            Kensington 2010


  1. Love both the locations. I have been to San Antonio but not in the winter. I have been in NYC around Christmas. The holiday seems to make even the dullest of places magical so these places become extra special!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you, Julie. Hilary sends us pictures of Bergstrom's window displays every year in NYC. I love to see them. We have some fantastic pictures where we tried to pose outside the windows to look like the manniquins. They are fun to look at. If you have the opportunity, go to San Antonio during the holiday season. Not only is the Alamo Plaza wonderful but the River Walk is fabulous.

  3. I didn't even know there was a Christmas tree at the Alamo. I didn't see it in the movie.