By SOPHIE HOTTINGER
The holiday season can mean many things to different people, but certain common threads connect almost everyone who enjoys the spirit of this time of the year. Spending time with loved ones, giving gifts and yearly rituals are all part of the traditions that make the holidays meaningful.
For Todd and Michel Strause of Anchorage, Ky., one essential Christmas tradition is to set the tone for the season by decking their halls with sparkling, splendid holiday decor â€“ inside and out. Each year with the help of a friend, Michel transforms the familyâ€™s spacious Stonegate Road home into a Christmas wonderland, complete with glittering lights, warm bows, traditional greenery and several spectacular Christmas trees. And while the inviting lights and garlands on the houseâ€™s exterior can be enjoyed by anyone who passes by, until now only friends and family were able to get a look at the homeâ€™s stunning interior.
This Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., however, the beautifully decorated Strause house will be opened up to the public during a special event, â€œHoliday Elegance in Anchorage.â€ The enchanting evening will serve as a kick-off party for the cityâ€™s 32nd annual Christmas in Anchorage celebration, which will take place this Saturday, Dec. 1. Guests can enjoy drinks and delicious hors dâ€™oeuvres as they wander through the gorgeous home, admiring striking holiday displays and whimsical rooms.
Highlights of the Christmas scene include a towering, gold-trimmed tree standingÂ in the homeâ€™s garland-adorned entryway, and a Tiffany-themed sitting room featuring a glittering white tree ornamented with those ubiquitous little blue boxes. A sweet sugar-and-spice-style childâ€™s bedroom will leave guests longing for a tasty gingerbread house of their own. Out back on the porch, a cozy sitting area by the fireplace and a charming outdoor table setting will almost certainly become the holiday partyâ€™s hot spot, with an extra heater to keep the chill of the evening at bay.
The perfect way to kick off the season, â€œHoliday Elegance in Anchorageâ€ will likely inspire guests to head home and uncrate their favorite holiday decorations, or perhaps simply set the mood for enjoying other seasonal family traditions. Tickets for the event are $50 and are going fast, but you can still reserve yours by calling 502.245.2121. Donâ€™t miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous holiday home in person!
Christmas in Anchorage
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
This fun-filled holiday tradition is sponsored by the Anchorage Parent Teacher Association and is open to the public. All events will take place at the historic Anchorage School, 13400 Elmore Road, and proceeds will help support school enrichment programs. Call 502.245.2121 for information or to reserve a seat for breakfast or lunch with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa
8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
Anchorage School Christmas Concerts
Kindergarten through sixth grade: 9 a.m.
Seventh and eighth grades: 10:30 a.m.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Pole Bakery
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus
10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the library.
Make It and Take It
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Let your little ones create their own special gift for mom or dad.
Lunch with Santa
Noon to 2 p.m.
Visit downtown Anchorage businesses for all-day-long specials and discounts.
Photos by JAMES EATON | Contributing Photographer