Annise Parker’s fave holiday gift? Classic Texan

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Mayor Annise Parker appreciates your gifts of Bibles this holiday season. Really. But if you're looking to impress her with a Christmas gift, look no further than her feet.

That's where she fondly remembers one of the best gifts she's ever received. The Houston Chronicle quizzed local notables about their favorite toy gifts they received as children. Parker's was all Texan – even at age five.

“Her Christmas list when she was five included a toy six-shooter, cowboy hat and cowboy boots. She still has the red boots. She remembers putting them on and her parents telling her to go switch them because they were on the wrong feet. She switched them and they then realized it was a mismatched pair with two boots for the same foot. They are in pristine condition because they were never worn due to the mix-up. She uses them as table decorations.”

The mayor, the first openly gay chief executive of a major U.S. city, has since gotten better-fitting boots, which she pairs with a cowboy hat once a year.


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