This year, the Tupelo Christmas staple put on by the Tupelo Women’s Club, the Holiday Tree Fest, will look a little different. The ticketed event usually hosted at the Tupelo Country Club is shifting to an online virtual event to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.
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For the past three years, Doors of Hope Transition Ministries has hosted a Christmas walk-through home tour, featuring five to six homes, usually within walking distance, as its sole fundraising event of the year.
When Doors of Hope first approached Jessica Perkins and asked to feature her home in the Christmas home tour, at first she declined. She said she prefers to keep her and her family more private, and opening her home would seem to negate that; plus, she wasn’t planning to decorate too much because her family would be spending Christmas in the Bahamas. Naturally, she had a few reservations. But she mulled it over for a little while, and agreed.
Lesley and Brian Walkington met in San Diego at a swing dance class. The Mississippi-raised southern girl moved out there to pursue her master’s degree, and he had always lived in California. When he proposed, she told him, “‘I’m a Southern girl,’” she said. “‘Just understand at some point in your life, you will be living in the South, that’s not a question.’”
Whether it’s nutcrackers, themed ornaments, Christmas mice or a corner full of snowmen, we all have our favorite holiday decorations. These are the items that are mourned when lost in a dark corner of the attic and celebrated when found, are most preciously packed away for the next year’s festivities and are as familiar as a favorite Christmas song.
Families make new traditions by opening their doors for those in their area who have nowhere to go for Thanksgiving, ensuring everyone feels at home and has a proper Thanksgiving meal.