Christmas Pilgrimage second stop is the Whitfield house

Published 6:46 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The GFWC-MFWC Civic Woman’s Club will host the 18th annual Christmas Pilgrimage on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; tickets at the homes are $12 and are available at Checkered Lily, The Glass Porch or from CWC members.

The Pilgrimage will feature three homes and one local church which will include the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Whitfield, Mr. and Mrs. Max Huey, and Reba Beebe; and Trinity United Methodist Church.

The second feature on the Christmas Pilgrimage will be the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Whitfield, 515 Boley Avenue in Picayune.

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For more information, call Carolyn Huey at 601-798-8190 or Nancy Griffin at 601-798-8591.

Ringing In The New

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Jonathan and Jennifer Whitfield invite you to share the sights, sounds and fragrances of Christmas in their bustling, traditional home. The joys of the season commence in the entry of the home where all eyes are drawn to the double arches decked with nature-inspired garlands of evergreen. The traditional cherry dining room table displays the Holiday Lennox china that survived the catastrophic house fire in 2004.

Also in the entrance area, a Colorado mixed pine Christmas tree holds family treasures old and new. The grand piano, occupying the comer of the living room is frequently brought to life at the hands of the Whitfield children who keep the spirit of Christmas thriving with their carols. The “card” tree in the den is more of a family tree, displaying an array of Christmas cards from family and friends all over the United States. Each room of the home has its own element of Christmas cheer, from the “Diva” tree in Caroline’s room to the Cowboys and Indians tree in Ross and Justin’s room.

The heart of the Whitfield household is children, and especially during the Christmas season, it is that childlike spirit that fills the home. Handmade gingerbread houses and sugar cookies are watched by little sparkling eyes in the kitchen. The pub table in the center offers a casual place for dining or just a cup of coffee. Next to the kitchen, the den waits for apple cider and hearthsong stories with its red sofas and mantel decked with native greenery atop a fireplace of Old St. Louis brick.

A stroll outside the den door to the patio reveals a festive tree house which must have been decorated by elves. Every area of the Whitfield home contains symbols indicative of a loving family. You will experience the sights, sounds and fragrances that are such a part of the Christmas spirit and hopefully walk away with a renewed spirit yourself.

The Whitfields are delighted to have you visit their home and wish everyone a blessed Christmas season.