Sixteen years ago, with their children grown, Bill and June Waldrop embarked on a new adventure. They developed a new subdivision in north Anniston and built seven houses.
The last house they built became their own, and it became a place where the whole family could gather for holidays. For Thanksgiving, tables are set up throughout the house. On Christmas Eve, the Waldrops’ two granddaughters come over to open Christmas gifts.
This year, the home is one of four on the annual holiday home tour sponsored by the Anniston Museum of Natural History, which will be held Tuesday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Waldrops’ home was decorated for the home tour by mother-daughter duo Debbie Murray and Presley Biggers of Romiette and Julieo, a decorating and event planning business. Biggers is also the creator of Presley Purses, unique handmade purses she has been making since she was 14.
It took five straight days to put up all the Christmas decorations. “We went to Hobby Lobby and Design World almost every night, just to get accents to complete the look,” Murray said.
Most of the decorations were ones that had been in the family for years: “Noel” candle holders that June remembers from her childhood … a red spiral candle that is lit every year in memory of her mother … decorations and gifts from her children through the years … handkerchief angels made by her mother-in-law many years ago … a slightly bedraggled “Charlie Brown” tree that comes out every year.
Normally, the “Charlie Brown” tree goes in the home office. This year, it’s in the master bathtub.
Yes, the bathtub.
Certain sacrifices must be made when one takes part in a holiday home tour.
The sunken tub has been turned into a winter scene, with a snowman standing in a drift of white tulle lit with twinkle lights.
Despite the glitter and the lights, the decorating was not always glamorous work. At one point, there were three or four ladders in the kitchen as Murray climbed up and down, up and down, arranging decorations on top of the kitchen cabinets.
Bill Waldrop (former owner of Waldrop Carport Manufacturing in Anniston) and his wife are now retired. While they have enjoyed entertaining in their home — class reunions, church parties, family holidays — it’s time to downsize, and their home will go on the market in the new year.
“This house has seen a lot of fun times. It’s a happy house,” June said. “We hope it goes to someone who will appreciate the happy times.”
Lisa Davis is Features Editor of The Anniston Star. Contact her at 256-235-3555 or email@example.com.