View Christmas house of wonder

Bobbi Sands

FOR the last 10 years Arthur Muller has invited people into his home in Framesby Extension to share in his joy of Christmas and the joy of giving, and this year is no different.
His home has once again been transformed into a smorgasbord of Christmas, from the elegantly themed trees to the musical snow globes.
Muller explains it started with a Christmas tree competition run by a shop 10 years ago. Muller won with his Mexican/African themed tree.
“I won the competition four times and allowing people to come and view is what started the Christmas Wonderland show-house,” said Muller.
He said more than 200 people would visit their home daily.
As you step into the home of Muller and Darrel Lee, his life partner of 19-years, you are greeted by smiling faces and a host of Christmas decorations.
More than 3600 Christmas lights twinkle while the Christmas carols make you feel so welcome you do not want to leave.
 This year there is a new addition to Muller’s usual collection of 10 Christmas trees.
The My Fair Lady themed tree he started in October is made from an Agave tree covered in white feather boas adorned with black ostrich feathers and other black decorations. It is the centrepiece of his collection this year.
Muller said he works on his time-consuming projects while waiting for supper or when he has a free moment or two.
But it is the garland of ornaments that decorates the beam into the dining room that catches the eye.
It is adorned with various decorations from around the world.
“We collected some from our trips and friends have also brought us some that makes it very special,” said Muller.
Another eye-catcher has to be the Victorian-style tree that was also handmade with 220 sparkling lights, crystal-type ornaments and candleholders for real candles.
It adds a certain old-feel flair like the Victorian style street lamp that has its special place among the decor with a Christmas stocking strategically placed for Santa to drop his gifts off.
Eight of his usual trees are already up including one in the powder room.
 Muller said it is because of his love for Christmas, and of course, added Lee, is that people forget the real meaning behind Christmas.
“We should all be putting the Christ back in Christmas.”
The joy of giving also plays a part in his effort. A donation of R15 and non-perishables is the entrance fee to view his home.
“All the monies and food we donate to charity,” said Muller.
This year the Helping Hand to feed the needy project at St Mark’s Congregational will receive the donations.
Dr Bruce Woolard from St Mark’s said the donations will go toward their food bank and Christmas parcels will be made up and delivered to areas like Motherwell, Veeplaas and KwaNobuhle.
Woolard said there is a willingness to give in the community.
“People realise material things do not always fulfil needs but there is joy in giving to others.”
Arthur’s Christmas Wonderland at 4 Framesby Gardens will be open to visitors on December 3, 10 and 17.

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