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Christmas ideas at the Strickland House

Rooms are set with decor, entertaining ideas

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The Strickland House plays host for the Enchanted Christmas Idea House to give attendees new, fresh decor and food ideas for the holidays. (Special Photo)

If You Go

• What: Enchanted Christmas Idea House

• When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 21, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 22

• Where: The Strickland House, 2956 Buford Highway, Duluth

• Cost: $10

• For more information: Visit www.duluthhistori...>

DULUTH — Still haven’t rolled out your Christmas decorations? Need some new ideas?

Look no further.

For the next two weekends, the Strickland House and History Museum is opening its doors to something called Enchanted Christmas Idea House.

“It’s a fundraiser and it’s a way to showcase the house to get people to come,” Sue DeCrescenzo of the Strickland House said. “And of course it’s a way to showcase our local merchants and artists. The big thing is a big fundraiser and we want to create more excitement about the house and museum.”

For the past month, a small army worked to put the house together.

“That’s volunteers plus the merchants who did the individual tablescapes, trees and mantles,” DeCrescenzo said. “Upstairs we have trees decorated by members and the Girl Scout troop who meets here decorated the kids rooms. Lots of little elves worked on this.”

Each room on the main floor of the historic home is decorated with professionally decorated Christmas trees and mantles to give attendees fresh ways to look at entertaining.

As you explore each room, there are also the art work of renowned local artists Ann Odom and Kathy Fincher spreading holiday cheer.

In addition, there will be a unique collection of more than 300 Nutcrackers and sculpted life-size Santas. Both have been previously showcased at the Biltmore Estate.

There are also culinary creations and tablescapes for inspiration. If you need to purchase goodies for friends and family, gifts and keepsakes are for sale outside on the enclosed wrap-around porch.

People can visit on Fridays with an appointment. Doors are open Saturdays and Sundays. All proceeds benefit the Strickland House and History Museum.