A Victorian Christmas in Texas
Not many people can say they grew up in a 120-year-old pink house, but I can. My parents still live in the historic district of McKinney, Texas, and sometimes if you are really lucky, you can see their house on the annual tour of Christmas homes. My mother, Fredda Perkins, knocks it out of the park with her colorful decorations and enviable collections. Can’t make it to North Texas? No problem, I took pictures for you.
Pretty in Pink
Though my family has lived in this house almost 40 years, it is often referred to as The Aaron-Harris House, which is what the Texas Historic Landmark on the front of the house says. During the holidays, the festive decorations spill onto the porch.
My daughter and I both love to visit this colorful family home for the holidays.
Here Comes Santa
My mother collects a lot of things, and Santa is one of many. The large Santa drinking Coca-Cola in the center of this collection actually came from my grandfather's Troup, Texas, grocery store, Moore's Food.
Pastels and Mercury Glass
Pastel bottlebrush trees look cozy on the Victorian table, nestled into mismatched antique silver serving dishes and covered in mercury glass balls.
Festive Fire Truck
Old toys from Christmases long ago get a new lease on life from my mother, the constant collector. This vintage fire truck has been converted into a festive centerpiece.
Vintage Snow Village
Originally from Germany, these paper Putz houses are a fun collection. Most were made in Japan. Often, you can find fun modern-day reproductions to make your own snowy village.
The decorations on this mantel was custom made by my mother to match her collection of pink Bristol glass and Victorian lusters.
The kitchen Hoosier cabinet is transformed into a winter wonderland each holiday season. More Putz houses, bottle brush trees and a handful of vintage Santa collectibles complete the look.
The formal living room is as distinctly Victorian as the outside of the house. This particular year, the tree was decorated with sweet treats to reflect the outside of the house with its pink color.
No holiday home is complete without a wreath, and the ones my mother creates are extra special. This one is stuffed to the gills with vintage glass ornaments, old toys and blow molds that still light up.