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@ranchandcoast ranchandcoast.com 120 DECEMBER 2022 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE Connect people Dee goes all out for Christmas, decorating their house with ornaments lovingly collected and catalogued over the decades. (She even has a spreadsheet to help her find them, neatly stowed off-season in carefully marked containers in the garage.) e massive tree in the foyer is festooned with shiny Christopher Radko ornaments as carved wooden nutcrackers stand guard near the winding staircase. A large collection of snow globes graces tables in the formal living room, just waiting for grandchildren to stare at them wide-eyed and then give them a shake to watch the swirling "snow." Near the entryway, a wooden butler is at the ready, bearing a tray of drinks and nibbles, and no doubt, cookies for Santa when Christmas Eve is nigh. Dee has also set an elegant table in the dining room in a palette of red, green, and gold, accented with holiday botanicals. She decorated a smaller tree with tinkly silver bells. Upstairs, a traditional "family tree" displays handmade ornaments and mementos from Christmases past. e cheery kitchen, also dressed up for celebrations to come, is Dee's favorite room because it's big enough to accommodate a crowd, and she loves to cook and bake. For dessert this Christmas? A peppermint drum cake and a rum cake. Of course, she tempts me and the Ranch & Coast crew with plates of homemade treats, and we are happy to oblige. Dee and Jon met at a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in 1996 and later exchanged vows at a wedding ceremony in their home. ey now have a blended family of four grown children and seven grandchildren, whose photos they proudly display. e Ammons are world travelers and avid golfers, playing twice a week at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club where Dee has had two holes in one, and Jon, three. In the foyer, Dee decorated the Christmas tree with dozens of Christopher Radko ornaments, and a wooden butler stands at the ready << >>

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