Friday, July 23, 2010

Thirty-five years and counting!

    We know that it is hard for many people to think about decorating for Christmas in August.  However, it is the most natural thing in the world for us.  We have been doing this for 35+ years.  The first 10 years of major decorating-from 1976 to 1985, we did it just for our own enjoyment and that of family and friends who came to our Christmas open houses.   In 1986, after Dorothy and Esther retired from teaching school, and at the insistence of a friend, we decided to open our home to the public for tours by reservation only.  Many of our family and friends thought we were crazy, but we wanted to try it anyway, and we had the blessings of both our parents to turn our home into a public venue.  It is our home, and that is why it has always been by reservation only.
    So, in 1986, we launched our first season of tours.  We already had our Christmas store, Santa's Texas Workshop.  We had opened it in 1984, and it seemed that the two ventures would fit perfectly together.  We must have been right and all the critics who said it would never work must have been wrong.  We are getting ready to open for our 25th season of public tours.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Facebook and Twitter

Yesterday I signed us up on Facebook and Twitter!  Wow, we're really up and coming, technologically speaking, aren't we?  The link for Facebook is on this page.  I hope you'll become our friend and like our page, Santa's Texas Workshop and The Christmas House.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Christmas 2010 is on its way!

It's summer.  It's hot and humid.  We have trillions of mosquitoes, and they are huge!  It has been so rainy!  We've had close to 10 inches just from the tropical systems that have gone into northeastern Mexico and the tip of Texas.  Hurricane Alex didn't make landfall near us, but we got lots of rain and were under tornado alerts for long periods of time.  A tornado did a lot of damage in Hebbronville just 35 miles west of Falfurrias. 

Praise the Lord that in 1907, our grandfather Minten bought this land in a place where there are no rivers or creek beds nearby.  We have never had to worry about flooding like they do in many places.  Of course, wind, lightning, hail, and tornadoes have no respect for anyone's location.  They go where they want and do what they want to do.  We put ourselves in God's hands and pray for His will to be done.

But with all the weather events that we are having, we haven't stopped working.  The 2009 Christmas decorations are all down and packed in boxes.  They are still sitting in the house, because of the rain and mosquitoes, but it's done! 

On July 21, we will begin the process of decorating with all the new themes for 2010.  We always start on that day, because it was our dad's birthday.  Many years ago we made it a tradition to begin decorating for the next season on that special day. 

So, you need to start making your plans to come see us.  If the Lord is willing, we'll be opening for the 25th season of Christmas House tours on Saturday, September 18, and we'll be open until the end of March, 2011. 

We've also been working like busy little elves in the store.  We have hundreds of new Christmas items that you are going to like.  The store is open by appointment year 'round.  It will be open for shopping on Sunday, September 19, from 1:30 until 6:00 p.m. and no appointment is needed that day.