The Meadow Springs home that is dripping with Christmas cheer


Decking the halls and everything else... Mary Kartesz-Wardroper is in her element at Christmas.
Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d477466
Decking the halls and everything else... Mary Kartesz-Wardroper is in her element at Christmas. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d477466

MARY Kartesz-Wardroper’s Meadow Springs home is decked out with yuletide cheer, displaying more than 500 Christmas trees, 32 nativity sets and 400 Santa Claus’s.

The avid Christmas fan has been collecting items displayed in her home for 40 years.

“I can’t put a price on how much it’s worth as a lot of the things have also been donated by people who have visited the home,” she said.

“We’ve received trees, garlands, teddy bears, angels, donated candy, from community members all over Perth.”

It takes Mary and her husband three months to put up the display and up to two months each year to take it down.

“Christmas starts early in our house, as we start in August and then take it down after January the sixth every year,” she said.

Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper said some people travel from as far as Joondalup to see the Christmas house spectacular.

“We have many trees, big and small, including a fishing tree, golfing tree, teaching tree, barbie tree, Santa’s workshop tree, an upside-down candy cane tree, white feathered tree, dolphin tree, Smurf tree and Santa Claus tree,” she said.

“We also have neighbour kids put on an acrobatic routine every night at the front to greet the visitors and Santa appears on certain nights too.”

She said every room is decorated with a different theme, even the toilets.

“We have a wilderness scene in the living room where the animals watch the baby Jesus, an angel and fairy room, the office is dedicated to a carollers scene, and the shed homes a Santa’s workshop display,” she said.

“The main bedroom is a huge nativity scene.”

The display is safe, as the married couple have wired down the lights and decorations to ensure nothing falls.

“My husband greets everyone outside and directs them through the house,” she said.

Not only does the couple invest their time in decorations but also ask for a $1 donation.

“For the last four or five years, we’ve collected money from visitors of our home and donated to charity K9,” she said. “Last year we collected over $7000 for them and this year we hope to beat it.”

Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper said her love for the holiday started as a youngster.

“I just enjoy the holiday sprit and hope to pass it on to anyone else,” she said.

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