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Lady Marli Davis presents Christmas Chocolate & Charles Dickens, 7 p.m. Thursday, December 9, at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr. Lady Marli will share a history of old-fashioned Yuletide traditions, holly and ivy decorations, Victorian Christmas cards, trees, ornaments and Charles Dickens’ influence on Christmas celebrations. Sponsored by Bach to Books, this program is free and no reservations are required.


Lady Marli will provide historical highlights of significant holiday traditions such as as the creation of the first Christmas card, which was printed in December 1843 at the request of Sir Henry Cole,.


To prepare for this program, Lady Marli read the Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, viewed films based upon it, researched background information on the Victorian Era, and studied Yuletide traditions. She notes, “I hope the audience will come to appreciate the long historical and cultural tradition of a beautiful holiday of giving.â€


A graduate of the University of Colorado, majoring in art history, Lady Marli was an adjunct Professor at National University. She is also an accomplished artist, currently focusing on pastels and charcoal drawings. Lady Marli is a member of the Allen Heritage Guild and the Plano Art Association . Some of her work has been on exhibit at the Allen Senior Recreation Center. Every year she donates one of her paintings to the AIDS Resource Center of Dallas for their annual fund-raising auction.


Most of Lady Marli’s presentations have been through Collin College's SAIL (Seniors Active in Learning) Program. Additionally, she participates in the Richland College Emeritus Program and gives performances at retirement facilities.


In December, she will be hosting "The 3rd Annual Lord Peter Wimsey Fan Club Convention," to honor one of her favorite British sleuths.


For information, call Tom Keener at 214-509-4911.


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