Home opened to public

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by Rachael Comer

A Temuka couple are spreading the joy of the festive season once more.
Betty and George Weavers have opened their home full of Christmas decorations to the public.
For the past 16 years, the pair have held an open Christmas house and the Seddon St property will host a special high tea on Saturday, raising money for Temuka’s St Peter’s Anglican Church.
The Christmas home has become somewhat of an obsession for Mrs Weavers, who buys something new each year to decorate her home.
This year, Mrs Weaver’s proud new addition is a Father Christmas in a chair which has been placed in the entrance to her house. New decorations are also adorning the house, inside and out.
Throughout the house, Father Christmases, reindeer and elves adorn any free space, and a Christmas tree takes pride of place in the couple’s shower.
Mrs Weavers said she was unable to throw decorations out, instead adding to her collection each year.
“I just started buying things and gradually everything got bigger and I had quite a lot of stuff.”
Her husband then got in on the act and they began opening their home for others to see.
While she had not kept a record of how much she had spent on decorations, Mrs Weavers said it would have cost her “thousands”.
“I source a lot of it from Christchurch and Bradford Exchange.”
A lot was also from South Canterbury businesses, as Mrs Weavers felt it was important to support local industry.
She said the outdoor light display did not impact significantly on their electricity bill but they spent a lot on batteries.
Many of the decorations had sentimental value, with a story behind most of them.
“It’s a very expensive hobby but it’s worth it to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they come here.”
Mrs Weavers said the decorations took over the home from about December 1, with three weeks’ preparation required.


The Weavers’ home is open from 2pm every weekend in the lead-up to Christmas, with the high tea on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm. Entry is $2 for adults, children free and $5 for high tea.