While I know we have yet to share all the pictures from our Victorian Christmas celebration (which is not to say we don’t have any pictures*), the house has been looking holiday-ready for weeks.
When visitors compliment the beautiful decorations, Lain and I truthfully reply, “Thanks! But I had nothing to do with it.”
It’s not just false humility, no sir.
We’re lucky enough to have a wonderful team of volunteers here every year to decorate the Wren’s Nest who, most amazingly, get the job done by lunch. It’s nuts. All Lain and I are essentially responsible for is locating scissors and telling folks what they can (nothing) and cannot (everything) touch.
Knowing the house will be in good and talented hands is a huge relief to us every year during this busy time. We wanted to make sure to give a hearty “thank you!” to everyone who helped out, whether their generosity was court-ordered or of their own volition.
For the last few years, we’ve been lucky enough to benefit from Lauren and Catherine’s design sense. This year we got a bonus in their mom, Jackie, responsible for these much-lauded dictionary-critter ornaments.
That’s Catherine up top and Lauren below with her mom and volunteer and Christmas-decorator-extraordinaire-and-lady-in-charge-Ida Beth.
So thank you, everyone. Super special thanks to Marshall Thomas for wrangling all of the folks who have never been here before and Annette Shakespeare for regaling those same folks with a history of the house that, most importantly, didn’t disturb their t-shirt folding output.
If you still haven’t seen the decorations, we’ll be closed Christmas day, but open again (with storytelling at 1pm!) on Saturday the 26th. Come on by!
*Wait, no, that’s exactly what I’m saying. We are without pictures, totally.