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.