The holiday season was kicked off over the weekend with the second annual Joys of the Season Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Women’s Club.
Five area homes were professionally decorated, dressed to the nines in festive attire. The icing on the cake was a freshly fallen blanket of snow.
Featured homes were decorated following a theme from cherished Christmas stories like “The Night Before Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “How Wonderful Is Life.”
The diversity of styles, themes and colors, ranging from traditional to contemporary, sparked the creativity of visitors as they gathered ideas to decorate their own homes.
At the Hospitality House at “The Barn,” a historic building that housed a dairy farm in the mid-20th century, pre-tour visitors received a travel bag and enjoyed light refreshments, an art raffle, and a gift shop holidays.
All proceeds from the home tour go to the Tri-Lakes Women’s Club grant program, which benefits community nonprofit organizations, public service agencies, and educational institutions. Since 1973, more than $1.3 million has been raised and donated to deserving recipients. Club members are like-minded women who collaborate on service projects with other organizations as they connect with the community and with each other.
Each of the five houses featured on the tour followed a holiday-related theme:
- “And I knew at one point that it must be St. Nick,” he references a line from the beloved poem “The Night Before Christmas.” This house was packed with an astonishing array of antiques, many dating back to the 19th century. Ornaments, Santas, sculptures and 5 amazing feather trees were found throughout the living areas. The idea of feather trees originated in the 19th century in Germany due to deforestation. They are made of goose feathers that look remarkably like pine needles. Each antique has its own unique story, and visiting this house was like taking a step back into another time and place.
- “Christmas will always be as long as we’re heart to heart and hand in hand” is the final sentiment of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The decorations used the symbols of hearts and hands in every nook and cranny. Natural decor, antiques, greenery, and organic details were combined with birds’ nests and feathers, natural wrapping papers, and a variety of textures. The centerpiece was a sparkling 12-foot Christmas tree framed by windows showing mountains in the distance.
- “When a bell rings, an angel lifts its wings” is the line from the iconic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Each visitor received a small bell as a souvenir. Traditional reds and greens were complemented throughout the house with traditional holiday green. Comfortable seats, fluffy pillows, and roaring fireplaces offered an invitation to slow down and enjoy the holiday season.
- “All Is Calm, All Is Bright: True Stories of Christmas” is the name of a book that is a collection of true stories about the joys and peace of the season. The theme inside and outside the house was one of elegance and comfort. Reflective balls, pearls, warm whites, gold and silver created a luxurious atmosphere.
- “May all your Christmases be white,” he referred to a line from the perennial favorite Christmas song “White Christmas.” The house stayed true to the song’s lyrics and sentiments with mostly white, gold and silver ornamentation. Accents of black and green complemented whimsical textures that include faux fur, feather tufts, and shiny metals. With a nod to the state of Colorado, clusters of gold and silver aspen leaves adorned the towering Christmas tree with its wreath of white feathers.
The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club plans to continue the Vacation Home Tour as an annual tradition, offering attendees a unique opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of their neighbors and the beautiful holiday decorations that adorn the featured homes.