Rancho Santa Fe residents celebrate Christmas-themed boots

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Rancho Santa Fe-based Patrice Reynolds already had eight pairs of uniquely decorated cowboy boots.

That year she decided to have a handcrafted pair that reflected the spirit of Christmas.

She fulfilled her search by hiring a Texan company that specializes in bespoke boots to make her a nativity set for her.

To celebrate her success and the holiday season, Reynolds invited about 20 of her best friends and her husband to their home on Thursday, December 9th.

The event included gourmet cuisine prepared by chef Isabelle Baril and Christmas music played by harpist Marina McClane.

In describing the event, Reynolds clearly enjoyed some playful puns.

“It’s a Christmas brunch to ‘deboot’ my Santa boots,” she said in an interview at the event. “I use the word ‘deboot’ instead of ‘debut’ because they are ‘bootiful’ and I knew my friends would appreciate them.”

One of two boots Patrice Reynolds custom made to represent a nativity scene is on display at her home in Rancho Santa Fe.

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Reynolds offered a prayer to her guests that expressed the spiritual aspect of the celebration, a message that Vista’s Amy Stoehr took to heart.

“These boots really convey the Christmas message in such a beautiful way,” she said. “That is a message that must be displayed at this time. … It is a time when many are bitter, helpless and overwhelmed, but these boots really represent the hope we have that a Savior is truly born. …

“The boots are one thing, but the message they convey is why we are all friends and why we meet. It’s about God’s love for the world. “

Guest Cindy Carr from Cardiff said the celebration was a reflection of Reynolds’ care and compassion. They met at pickleball about three years ago, she said: “There’s a wild pickleball community here.”

“If you would like a prayer to be said for yourself or someone else, contact Patrice,” said Carr. “She can tap into you in the hour of need. … She is a woman who really speaks. The fact that she creates these boots says everything about her. She wants us to know why we are here on this planet. “

Reynolds said when she got the idea, she looked in vain for the right pair of boots that reflected her vision. Then a friend told her about Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots in El Paso.

Marina McClane plays Christmas classics on the harp at a recent Patrice Reynolds party at her Rancho Santa Fe home.

Marina McClane plays Christmas classics on the harp at a recent Patrice Reynolds party at her Rancho Santa Fe home.

(Michael J. Williams)

She contacted company representatives and sent them a picture that she liked and that she had seen in stained glass. She supplied a Bible verse that she wanted to have engraved with the scene. She also sent them a special measurement of their foot that the company requested.

“It took about six months and here you are,” Reynolds said. “They’re handmade, they’re hand-sewn, they’re hand-stained. They will last a lifetime and they are more beautiful than I dreamed of.

“The scene is of the birth of Christ with Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus and the wise men and the shepherds and looks like a village in Bethlehem.”

Reynolds declined to disclose the cost but admitted it was expensive.

“They were very expensive, but I consider them works of art,” she said. “These are works of art. … I feel like the investment and time were worth it and I am so happy I got it. You’re an angel.

“And seeing my friends react to that is a real blessing because everyone loves her.”

As with all of her boots, Reynolds said she will be wearing her newest pair and plans to wear them on special occasions over the holidays.

In other words, to rewrite an old Nancy Sinatra song: “These boots are made for wassailing.”


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