Is this Australia’s most festive Christmas house? TweetFacebookInside Mandurah’s most festive Christmas house. Video: Amy MartinEach and every corner of the house has its own themed scene, and thehome is ablaze with colour, sparkles, snow falling and lights twinkling.
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While husband Alan says he can’t take credit for all Mary’s hard work, he’s only too happy to don the Santa suit and chat amiably to the crowds of visitors coming through their home.
The display, which includes 32 individual nativity scenes and 532 individual Christmas trees, takes three months to assemble and two months to take down.
“Everything gets packed into 700 boxes and stowed away for next year,” Mary said.
“We take care of all the decorations and people bring things for us too –perhaps decorations they can no longer use.”
And the electricity bill?
Mary Kartesz-Wardroper shares Christmas treats with the many visitors who flock to her Meadow Springs home. Alan and Mary use the season to raise money for K9. Photo by Caitlyn Rintoul.
“It triples at this time of the year,” she said.
The neighbourhood children get into the spirit too, dressing up as elves and entertaining the crowds with acrobatic displays.
But all thishard work is definitely a labour of love.
“We love Christmas and we love greeting people and welcoming them,” Mary said. “People leave here with a smile on their face and that makes us happy. It’s Christmas here every night.”
There is still time to see the display –thehome is at 8 Meadow Springs Drive, Mandurah,andis open every nightuntil January 6.