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Lora Matthey-Hicks 

is a North Little Rock native and mom to Arthur, 4, and Florence, 2. She has taught art in North Little Rock schools for 14 years, and for the past two years, has had the pleasure of working with her husband, Adam, who teaches chemistry and physics in North Little Rock. This holiday season, Lora hopes to spend most of her time working jigsaw puzzles and reading with the family, preferably with a peppermint mocha in hand.

 We get Christmas PJs, usually from Rhea Lana, because we wear them for only a month!

We get Christmas PJs, usually from Rhea Lana, because we wear them for only a month!

 Starting around Thanksgiving through New Years, we always have a Christmas jigsaw puzzle going on a card table in the living room. Arthur loves getting pieces in, and any family or friends that stop by usually help work it, too.

Starting around Thanksgiving through New Years, we always have a Christmas jigsaw puzzle going on a card table in the living room. Arthur loves getting pieces in, and any family or friends that stop by usually help work it, too.

 We can’t let the season pass without making cinnamon clay ornaments to give away. They smell wonderful for years and make great teacher gifts, especially when paired up with kid-made cookies.

We can’t let the season pass without making cinnamon clay ornaments to give away. They smell wonderful for years and make great teacher gifts, especially when paired up with kid-made cookies.

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 When Arthur was little, to keep him from continually “redecorating” our tree, I glued some green flannel to a cardboard tree shape to hang on the wall. I cut out lots of felt “ornaments” so he could rearrange his own tree as much as he wanted.

When Arthur was little, to keep him from continually “redecorating” our tree, I glued some green flannel to a cardboard tree shape to hang on the wall. I cut out lots of felt “ornaments” so he could rearrange his own tree as much as he wanted.

 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a favorite, and since we’re not super into Santa, we make Grinch treats, which are these green mint merengues I used to make with my mom when I was young. We leave those out for the Grinch, along with a few treats for his dog.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a favorite, and since we’re not super into Santa, we make Grinch treats, which are these green mint merengues I used to make with my mom when I was young. We leave those out for the Grinch, along with a few treats for his dog.

 We have a chalkboard door that we rotate seasonally with a new drawing. It’s so fun seeing how my kids’ drawing skills develop season to season. The Christmas drawing is always a favorite

We have a chalkboard door that we rotate seasonally with a new drawing. It’s so fun seeing how my kids’ drawing skills develop season to season. The Christmas drawing is always a favorite

 We’ve added a couple ornaments to our tree each year based on what the kids are into. Last year was doughnuts, this year will probably be dinosaurs!

We’ve added a couple ornaments to our tree each year based on what the kids are into. Last year was doughnuts, this year will probably be dinosaurs!