Noelophile®’s Stories of Christmas

  • A Glowing Christmas Memory November 17, 2016

    krystina12Award-winning fiber artist/entrepreneur Krystina Kyle, of Fun With Pretend, shared one of her all-time favorite Christmas memories during our 2016 interview..

    It was midsummer when we spoke–and she still gave me chills.

    Here is Krystina, with her story about a special Christmas.

    If you’d like to meet Krystina–and see the incredible dolls she creates–you’ll get that opportunity this weekend!  She’ll be exhibiting her work at Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild’s “47th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire”, this Saturday and Sunday, November 19th and 20th, at Torrance Cultural Arts Center, at Madrona and Torrance Boulevard.  Hours are 9 am to 4 pm, both days, and admission is free.


  • A Favorite Christmas December 19, 2015

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    Do you remember a Christmas when the gift you wanted very most, was four-legged?

    Long Beach Chief Inspiration Officer and Community Action Team founder Justin Rudd does.

    Here, he shares a favorite Christmas memory–just in time for today’s fifteenth annual “Operation Santa Paws”!

    Would you like to help Justin and his team of volunteers bring some Christmas joy to abused and abandoned animals?  You can join them today, as they visit four local shelters to deliver toys, treats and supplies for “Operation Santa Paws”!  Their first stop will be Long Beach Animal Care Services, at 7700 East Spring Street at the 405, in Long Beach, around 11:45 this morning.  (Please arrive a little early.) You’re welcome to come to any or all of the four shelters with them; you’ll find a “wish list” for shelter donations, along with the times and places they’ll be passing out toys and treats, here.


  • “Santa” Remembers December 25, 2014

    by Noella Noelophile®

    Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment, and used with permission.

    Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment, and used with permission.

    How can anyone write a Christmas story from a completely unique perspective?

    Actor and author Charles Edward Hall proves it’s possible.

    In his book, “Santa Claus Is For Real“, “Santa Charles” draws on his twenty-seven years’  experience portraying Santa Claus, in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas spectacular.  The result is a magical mix of fiction and real-life Christmas sparkle that’s both moving and funny.

    At first, “Santa Charles” relates, he approaches his role as exactly what he is–a cynical New York professional actor.  He really isn’t even that interested in the “Santa” role–it just comes with the part of “Scrooge”, which he does want.

    But then, some things start happening…and the magic of Christmas takes over…

    Following an earlier interview, just prior to his book’s release, Santa Charles shared a memory of his own first magical “Santa” experience.

    Enjoy, thank you for reading, and Merry Christmas!

  • “I Think It’s A…” December 22, 2014

    nathan1Remember the Christmas gift you really, really, really wanted when you were small?

    Fiber artist Nathan Vincent shares a Christmastime memory–that became a family tradition!

  • Recalling the Magic November 30, 2014

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    Maybe the best part of Christmas, is getting to create the magic, for people we love.

    Artist/entrepreneur/author Barb Lieberman, of Seeds of Inspiration,
    remembers some magical times, and how they shaped her future Christmas celebrations.

    (Guess what?  Barb’s reading from, and signing copies of, her second book, To Miss the Stars, this afternoon at a “Meet the Author” event at CRAFTED, in San Pedro!  Come by if you can, from 4 to 6 pm PST!)

    Want to see what Barb and her fellow Handmade in South Bay artists have created for Christmas 2014?  They’d love to see you at their Second Annual Holiday Boutique, this Saturday, December 6, 11 am to 6 pm at CRAFTED, San Pedro’s year-round crafts marketplace.   CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is located at 112 East 22nd Street, at Miner, in San Pedro, in Warehouse 10.

  • Sixteen Feet of Unexpected December 24, 2013

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    Christmas may be supposed to be perfect–but you know how life deviates from the script!  We all have our stories of toppling Christmas trees, less-than-angelic kids, cookies that looked beautiful but tasted like salt, and creative projects that offered some real-life challenges…

    Artist Jennifer Gomez, of Traditionally Unique, shares a Christmas story in the latter category–about a family-created decoration that commanded more attention than originally expected!

  • “Yes, Eva, There IS a…” December 21, 2013

    eva2How long did YOU believe in Santa Claus?

    Artist Eva Lacey, co-founder of A Little Known Shop, shares a special Christmas story of her eight-year-old skepticism–and the magic that resulted…

    A Little Known Shop, in Anaheim, has evidence of recent “elf” activity, with the Christmastime creations of more than thirty exhibiting artists.  They’re open Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Creating the Magic of Christmas December 19, 2013

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    What makes an artist, an artist?

    Designer/entrepreneur Christina Colucci recalls something special her Mom did for Christmas.  And she also offers a preview of how she’s using her own creativity to make Christmas magical, with her new small business, r3.

    Christina’s art involves using “found” objects to make something brand-new.   Her coffee tables, jewelry and lanterns are especially fun.  And wait’ll you hear what she’s planning, for unique Christmas decorations!

    Want to support her dream and see her work for yourself?  Christina’s brand-new shop, rcubed, is located at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, in San Pedro.  Stop by and wish her Merry Christmas at market stall A123!

    Christina’s “r3” stands for “recycle, reuse, redecorate”.  She can do custom orders if you would like a special ornament or jewelry item created from recycled objects.  She’ll be on hand at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, Fridays through Sundays, 11 am till 8 pm.  You can also contact her with inquiries at

  • Mother-Daughter Inspiration December 17, 2013

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    Do you have your tree yet?  How are you going to decorate it?

    Christina Ellis, co-founder of the Orange County Time Bank, talked about a fun family tradition–that just may be an inspiration for YOUR Christmas creativity!

  • A Renegade Possibility December 12, 2013

    As we chatted, Sarah Christensen, Renegade Craft Fair Director of Vendor Relations, shared a future possibility that would make a very nice Christmas present for all us “crafty” folks!

    (Please note: as Sarah says, this is only a “maybe”, and unconfirmed at this point.)  

  • A Christmastime Favorite December 9, 2013


    Everyone has a special Christmas tradition.

    It could be making the cookies Grandma always set out for company.  Or getting out the red-and-green Christmas tree candles Mom bought when you were six.  Or watching one special show with people you love–just as you’ve done for as long as you can remember.

    Danielle Ochoa, co-founder of A Little Known Shop, in Anaheim, shares some of her all-time favorite Christmas memories.

  • Special For Christmas December 2, 2013

    angela5Traditions are the stuff Christmas memories are made of.

    Artist Angela Price, proprietor of Eden Condensed, shares her family’s tree-trimming tradition.  It’s one that tends to bring a lot of smiles and elicit Christmas-memory stories during future celebrations!

    Angela will be exhibiting her handcrafted glass terraria at this weekend’s Unique L.A. craft show, this Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th, at the California Market Center, 110 East Ninth Street between South Main and Olympic.  Hours are 11 am to 6 pm, both days, and children under 12 are admitted free.

  • “Oh! Those Reindeer!” December 1, 2013

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    Think you’ve seen some creative ways of making Christmas special for kids?

    Wait’ll you hear this fun Christmas memory, courtesy of artist Rain Hannah!

    Rain, who is the creator of the Honey and Ollie jewelry line, recalls one favorite Christmas morning, when she and her siblings received concrete “proof” that Santa and his reindeer had stopped by for a visit!

  • A Santa’s-Eye View November 7, 2013
    (Photo courtesy of Jen Mendoza, and used with permission.)

    (Photo courtesy of Jen Mendoza, and used with permission.)

    OK, we know you’ve just finished putting the pumpkins away.

    But–if you want a Santa for your Christmas celebration (home, church, party), now is the time to make arrangements.  At least, that’s what artist Debbie Ingland says–and she would know.

    Debbie’s unique perspective on Christmas comes from the fact that, since 2011, she’s been portraying “Mrs. Claus” to her husband, Scott’s, “Santa”.  The Inglands make appearances at all kinds of Christmas celebrations throughout Orange County–from private homes and parties to community events.

    Debbie talked about her experiences as “Mrs. Claus”, a special Santa organization, FORBS, and her favorite Christmas memories.  She also warned–coal in your stocking is nothing, to finding out “Santa” is already booked!  (In other words, if you need a Santa, better be “nice” and confirm one soon!)

    “Santa” Scott Ingland and “Mrs. Claus”, a/k/a Debbie Ingland, can be reached at, or  Scott and Debbie request that callers let them know if they need “Santa only” or “Santa and Mrs. Claus” for their Christmastime events.

  • An Authentic Dickens Christmas, Part Three December 25, 2012

    poinsettiaswithhollyIn his time, Charles Dickens was considered to be “the man who invented Christmas”, thanks to his classic, A Christmas Carol. But what were some of his experiences with Christmas?

    In this conclusion of a special series, Rare Books Head Librarian Janine Pollock, from the Free Library of Philadelphia, shares a story of one Dickens Christmas.  And if you’re visiting family in Philadelphia this Christmas, she also has some documents you might like to see, courtesy of a certain Mr. C. Dickens, in two current exhibitions that run till January, 2013!

    And–a very Merry Christmas!  Most certainly, “God bless us, every one”!

  • An Authentic Dickens Christmas, Part Two December 24, 2012

    hollyberriesHow did Charles Dickens himself celebrate Christmas?  Head Librarian Janine Pollock, from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Books department, offers an inside look!

    Headed for Philadelphia for Christmas?  You might like to see some of Dickens’ letters firsthand, as the Free Library winds up its “Year of Dickens” program, celebrating the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth, with two special exhibits, from now till January!

  • An Authentic Dickens Christmas December 23, 2012

    velvet Christmas ornament2012 is the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’ birth.  So, there are plenty of celebrations going on!

    But–what was a real “Dickensian Christmas” like–courtesy of the man whose name it bears?  And what was the creative process like for Charles Dickens, that Christmas of 1843 when he published his classic, “A Christmas Carol”?

    Rare Books Department Head Librarian Janine Pollock, of the Free Library of Philadelphia, offers some answers!  In the first installment of this special three-part series for Christmas, Janine explores the circumstances of Dickens’ publication of his Christmas classic.

    Traveling to Philadelphia for Christmas?  You might like to see two current exhibitions, going on from now till January, as the library wraps up its “A Year of Dickens” events!

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