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Unique Christmas ornaments feature Oxford and Ole Miss

It won’t be long until Santa comes, and many Oxford residents have already begun trimming their tree. For those who want to hang a little piece of Oxford from its branches, you can find a number of Oxford-themed Christmas ornaments around town.

Erin Briscoe, seen above, owner of Olive Juice Gifts at 305 S. Lamar Blvd., has a number of Oxford-themed ornaments to choose from, including some of the Double Decker bus, a red phone booth, pottery ornaments shaped like the state and hand-painted ornaments featuring Ole Miss themes.

“We have hand-painted ornaments that say ‘A house divided,” said Briscoe, describing a round ornament with a hand-painted Bulldog and Colonel Reb for couples who respectively attended the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.

Follow Olive Juice’s Instagram account to see photographs of some of the ornaments they have for sale.

You can also find Oxford-themed ornaments at The Mustard Seed Antique Emporium at 1737 University Ave., where there were a number of wooden ornaments in the shape of the state with Oxford-related words on them and one glittery Colonel Reb ornament.

One is even painted with the Faulkner-credited quote “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”

Ashley Wilkinson, manager of Oxford Floral at 1103 Jefferson Ave., said the store carries several Oxford-themed ornaments.

“I have a traditional phone booth,” she said. “I guess the rest of the ornaments would be more Ole Miss-themed. I have a black bear and a cheerleader.”

And at The Depot Antique Mall at 709 N Lamar Blvd., you’ll find wooden, belled ornaments with the words “Hotty Toddy” painted on it.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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