Alvin’s popular ‘Christmas house’ to mark December 8 House Tour | News

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A very popular Old Alvin House will be part of Delta’s Christmas Home Tour this year. Most Alvinites call it “The Christmas House” because many remember driving by to see it when the Pugh family decorated it from the early 1970s to about 1995. Vehicles and pedestrians were making queuing for blocks just to pass and see all the decorations especially the animated figures in the windows.

The Alvinites have always liked to see the exterior of the house, but on December 8 they will also be able to see the interior. Randy and Khristey Reeves, the current owners, are excited to open their home to visitors this Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Once the prefects became aware of the history of the house after moving there in 2018, they researched, gathered information and became determined to “bring back the tradition and share the joy of Christmas with the community 20 years later”. Ms Reeves proudly says in what she wrote about her ‘new’ home that ‘in December 2018 the lights came back on at The Christmas House’.

But most of the Pugh decorations have been lost, so the Reeves’ interpretation of Christmas is theirs. They will feature a Christmas tea set and some ceramic houses that were part of a holiday village owned by the Pughs, and they have incorporated original doorknobs, mosquito nets and other old parts of the house to preserve this as they can of its history.

One piece in particular will stimulate visitors’ memories: it is a fence board from the old country house at the back. The Reeves’ neighbor Donna Hicks hand-painted Pugh’s “Christmas house” on it. Some visitors may recall seeing an old metal sign, possibly from the Post Office, which will now adorn the Reeves’ front yard. It’s Santa Claus asking for Christmas letters. There are plenty of other little things that remind of the house and when the Pughs lived there.

The Reeves’ decorations reflect their own family. Their daughters transform an upstairs room into Santa’s workshop, complete with elves, presents, letters to Santa, and more. Ms Reeves will display her collections of nutcrackers and Santa figurines, many of which were given to her as gifts or have been down to her from previous generations.

The Reeves’ only granddaughter, a 7-year-old granddaughter, is very happy to have helped her grandmother make a special wall hanging for the holidays.

At least half of the decorations were created by the current occupants, who share responsibility for preparing their home for the holidays: Mrs. Reeves prepares the interior and Mr. Reeves works on the exterior.

The Reeves’ Christmas traditions are also unique to their own family. Their seven “very different” daughters always enjoy a special holiday activity. At Thanksgiving, they share lists of gifts they’d like, put their names in a hat, then draw to see which of their sisters they’ll give to on Christmas Day. Their mother says that while the seven are meant to remain “secret sisters,” part of the fun is that at least one of them gets it wrong and reveals too much too soon. After returning from church on Christmas Eve, the prefects spend some quiet time together wrapping presents and baking Christmas cookies. Then Christmas Day is for giving gifts and for welcoming special guests to join them for the holiday celebration and food.

All try to include friends, other family members and acquaintances who have no one to spend the holidays with or who cannot travel to be with loved ones.

The December event will also feature two other private homes within a short drive of downtown Alvin, as well as a sale of homemade seasonal foods at one of Alvin’s local treasures, the old train depot on Willis Street. The city’s Keep Alvin Beautiful committee will hold an open house there while Delta Delta members sell tickets for the tour and cover the sales tables with homemade cakes and pies and other holiday treats.

On the day of the event, $10 tickets will be available at all five venues. But, starting in November, $8 advance tickets will be available from Delta Delta Members; during business hours at the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce, New Beginnings Florist, and Da Vinci Salon; and during opening hours at the Alvin Historical Museum. Children under 12 will not need tickets but must be accompanied by an adult.

Proceeds from the tour and food sale will benefit the Women’s Center of Brazoria County and Delta Delta’s Leadership Development Fund and help fund the Delta Delta Scholarships which are awarded to women at area colleges and universities.

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