Sharing the spirit of Christmas

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by Claire Allison

Temuka’s quintessential Christmas house is opening its doors again.

George and Betty Weavers decorate their Seddon St home inside and out each year, and open it up to the public to view over the Christmas season.

Mrs Weavers said it happened by chance.

“We just seemed to be buying a lot of Christmas decorations because we love them, and someone said, why don’t you decorate your house? And then we thought we might as well open it up,” she said.

The couple decorate the outside of the house with lights. Inside, the entrance hall, lounge, living room, a bedroom and a bathroom are all decorated.

“There’s even a Christmas tree in the shower.”

The Weavers charge a gold coin donation to view the house, and, for the second year running, will split the proceeds equally between Alzheimers South Canterbury and the Life Education Trust.

The couple have been opening their house for at least 10 years, and have about 1000 people through the doors, sometimes having to stay up until midnight to allow visitors to explore.

“Towards Christmas you get heaps Christmas is pretty massive and come Christmas Eve, you can’t move.

“It’s a kids’ paradise, and adults love it, too.”

The Weavers’ Christmas house is at 16 Seddon St, Temuka. Doors open about 2pm each day, until January 6.