Holiday Fun Begins At the Dallas Arboretum

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"Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. Live and work but do not

forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it. When fun

gets deep enough, it can heal the world. There is no pleasure 

in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it."

Anonymous

 

 

 

The best thing about the Dallas Arboretum are the holidays and December is my favorite month of the year. If you're expecting snow in December in Dallas, the probability is low; however, it could happen. Yesterday, December 5, 2019 temperatures reached 71 degrees. This morning it is a cool 53 degrees and partially sunny. 

 

If you want to feel the spirit of the holiday season, I suggest beginning at the DeGolyer House where you will find a collection of treasures from around the world. These lovely red Dutch Shoes got my attention! My thoughts drifted to my grandparent's house when I was a little girl trying on my grandmother's red shoes that looked similar but had a different design with flowers. Slipping my tiny feet into the big wooden shoes and trying to walk on her hardwood floors was magical!

 

There is so much to see inside the DeGolyer House (Rancho Encinal) built in 1940, on the shores of White Rock Lake. It is now a permanent home of the Dallas Arboretum. As you wander from room to room, you'll find unique furniture throughout and every room is decorated for the month of December showcasing the magic of Christmas and unusual holiday decor from around the world. The DeGolyer House has 21,000 square feet with 13 rooms, 7 baths, 5 fireplaces, 7 chimneys and a 1,750 square foot library. Above the roaring fire underneath the fireplace mantel in the library, you will see a large portrait of Mr. Evertte Lee DeGolyer (10/9/1886-12/14/1956) world famous geologist, philanthropist, and oilman who is famous for ushering in the "oil industry into the age of technology with the use of seismograph to find oil."  (Source: Dallas Arboretum.)

 

"Prospecting for oil is a dynamic art...

The greatest element in all prospecting past, present, and future,

is the man willing to take a chance."

---Evertte Lee DeGolyer

 

People come from around the world to experience the holiday at the Dallas Arboretum. The volunteers are well educated and knowledgeable. They will help navigate you if you get lost or trying to find the DeGolyer House. If your feet begins to hurt, as mine did yesterday, you can sit down. There was an older woman sitting across from the fireplace in the library where I was resting. Her mind was as sharp as a laser. Her knowledge about the history of the DeGolyer family and the house they lived in was also a unique experience for me to learn about the history of this distinguished man who achieved success as a result of establishing oil exploration and publishing. I highly recommend visiting the DeGolyer House at the Dallas Arboretum this year.

 

 

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Wayne Martin - I really believe it would be a tour you'd never forget. I enjoy touring the home at times of the year, but there's no better time to experience the warmth and love of family with the spirit of the holidays than now at the DeGolyer House at the Dallas Arboretum. 

As I walked from room to room, people were polite, friendly, and interesting.  I met so many wonderful people too! 

Happy December 6, 2019!

Dec 06, 2019 06:29 AM #4
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Nina Hollander - My heart lept with joy when I spotted those beautiful red Dutch shoes! Seriously, I had an immediate flashback to sitting on the floor, carefully trying on the red Dutch shoes in my grandmother's house. I sure wish I knew what happened to them. Don't they make the perfect decoration for the holidays? 

Although I liked the Biltmore Estates in NC at Christmas time, this one is different. I found it to be very homey for the holidays, warm, livable, and the spirit of Christmas simply comes alive! Someday, I hope you have a chance to put it on your bucket list. 

Happy December 6, 2019!

Dec 06, 2019 06:33 AM #5
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Michael Jacobs - What? Didn't those red Dutch shoes stir your imagination???

As always, thank you for supporting me with tasteful comments on ActiveRain. 

Happy December 6, 2019!

Dec 06, 2019 06:35 AM #6
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A holiday outing to the Dallas Arboretum sounds delightful, a nice antidote to the overly hectic days.

Dec 06, 2019 07:00 AM #7
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, I wish I was close by, would love to tour the Dalla Arboretum. The Dutch shoes were photographed beautifully. 

Dec 06, 2019 07:02 AM #8
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Margaret Goss
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I love a good arboretum! I have been lucky enough to live in places where they were located. In the Pasadena area (of California) there are two: The Los Angeles County Arboretum (in Arcadia) and Descanso Gardens (in La Canada.) And here in Chicago, there's the wonderful Chicago Botanic Garden (in Glencoe.)

I've only been to Dallas once but if I get back, I would love to see the Dallas Arboretum.

Dec 06, 2019 08:34 AM #9
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I need to put the arboretum on the list of things to do with the family. It’s only about a 40 minute drive for us.

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Patricia the Dallas Arboretum would be a must stop for me if I am ever in the area.

Dec 06, 2019 10:24 AM #11
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Hi Lottie Kendall - The Dallas Arboretum is a soothing place to visit any time, any day. Holidays are extra special! We all need to find a place where the eyes, heart, mind, and soul unite! I hope you're doing well.

Hi Beth Atalay - That was my favorite photo for the day! Those red Dutch Shoes stole my heart too! Thank you, so much! I hope the spirit of Christmas fills your heart with joy.

George Souto - I feel confident you would enjoy the Dallas Arboretum very much. Note:

Dallas Arboretum Ranked Second Best Garden in the World

Dec 06, 2019 10:40 AM #12
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Margaret Goss - The Chicago Botanical Gardens is dear to my heart. The last time I visited it was on Mother's Day with my daughter and son before I moved to Texas. I also utilized the peaceful gardens to study for my final exams when working towards my Associate Degrees at the College of Lake County and Bachelor's at National Louis University in Evanston. You'd be surprised how much better I did on my tests when I spent the day in such a beautiful and peaceful place at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glenco. 

If you come to Dallas, I hope you do get to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. But if you only get as far as Fort Worth, I recommend Japanese Gardens in the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. And of course, if you have time, let me know! Happy holidays to you!

Dec 06, 2019 10:48 AM #13
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Ian Flannigan - I hope you do get over to the Dallas Arboretum. They are featuring The New Christmas Village, the DeGolyer House "Christkinglmarket Treasures" and The 12 Days of Christmas this month. If you have kids, check the website for children activities. 

By the way, it would nice to do business with you some day! I have done a lot of selling in Plano (which is very big and spread out). 

Dec 06, 2019 10:50 AM #14
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I would love to visit the Dallas Arboretum with my camera in hand. Have a very special weekend.

Dec 06, 2019 12:25 PM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Sacramento doesn't have an arboretum, and I wish we did!  We seem to be more focused on building stadiums for basketball, soccer, etc.  But, perhaps one day!  Love the photo, Patricia!

Dec 06, 2019 01:39 PM #16
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ! Dallas Arboretum looks great. Also, love your photo! If you arew ever in the Des Moines Iowa area, check out the Arie F. den Boer Arboretum, named after my grandfather.

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Delightful photo, Patricia. I too would love to visit the Dallas Arboretum. I know you've shared posts before about it. It seems year-round, there is always something special to see at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Dec 07, 2019 07:59 AM #19
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Laughing because I stumbled upon your blog and this quote - "There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and no doing it" just as I had written today's ToDo list and then sat down with a cup of coffee to NOT do it :)

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Oh, I would love to tour the Dallas Arboretum, Patricia! What a delightful place to enjoy a little holiday fun. 

LOVE the Dutch klomps - what a festive shot!

Dec 15, 2019 07:39 PM #21
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What a lovely place to visit this time of the year Patricia. Must be so inviting for visitors of all ages!

Dec 16, 2019 09:11 AM #22
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Aside from what the Dallas Arboretum has to offer, they have something special for everyone! Including International trips as part of the membership, gourmet cooking, photography, and other interesting places. The Tea Room has delicious lunch and adult beverages.

As for the kiddos, they have a section designed specifically for children and families. 

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