Temuka couple offering the joy of Christmas in Covid time
JOHN BISSET / Stuff
George and Betty Weaver offer a magical Christmas trip to their Temuka home.
A South Canterbury couple are hoping their Christmas-decorated open house will partly catch up with disappointments from the many cancellations caused by Covid-19.
George and Betty Weaver love everything about Christmas and with no parades for 2021 or the Caroline Bay Carnival due to the pandemic, they still want to offer the community some magic.
A miniature Ferris wheel and merry-go-round carousel reminiscent of longtime Caroline Bay rides can be seen in their Temuka home as a substitute for the real thing.
“Hopefully this will make up for the Christmas cancellations,” said Betty Weaver.
* The Temuka couple opens their Christmas house to the community
“People can come here and get in the Christmas spirit.”
Virtually every room in the house is full of ornaments to look at. Even the bathroom is like going to the North Pole with artificial snow, polar bears and reindeer.
Among the many Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, candles, nativity scenes, angels, balls, squirrels, owls and trees are for $ 1000 new ornaments.
Betty said she had no idea how much they had spent on their “passion” over the past 20 years, but during that time they had only had two small cars stolen during their public openings.
“We trust people and they are very good. “
She keeps good memories of Christmas as a child in her large family in Geraldine.
“We had a wonderful Christmas. It was a great time with the family.
The couple’s four children also love Christmas.
Betty estimates that around 500 people typically visit over a few weeks, raising $ 1,200 in 2020 for the Life Education Trust and Cancer Society.
This year, the entry for the gold coin will go to the Cancer Society because the charity has missed some of its fundraising events due to Covid.
The Weaver’s House, at 16 Seddon St, Temuka, is open from 4 p.m. to late each day, or by appointment, until January 6, 2022.