Christmas tree crazy

Vevay’s Main opens home to public

By Debra Maylum
Staff Writer

VEVAY, Ind. (November 2004) – Anyone who loves to decorate, loves looking at decorations, or just loves Christmas should take a trip to Linda Main’s house in Vevay, Ind. She opens her home to visitors over two weekends each December so they can enjoy her elaborate decorations and 18 Christmas trees.

Linda Main Tree

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One of 18 decorated Christmas trees on display in Linda Main's house.

The trees are each decorated in different themes. Most of them are indoors, however, three are outside along with other lights and yard decorations. Guests are welcome to stay for five minutes or all day long. Main loves sharing her decorations.
While strolling through the house, visitors can enjoy cookies and punch provided by their hostess. Children can visit with Santa (Linda’s husband, Ronald). Before leaving, guests are welcome to take a candy cane from “the candy cane tree” and children can pick a gift from the basket that Main puts out.
Main has always loved Christmas and has always done a lot of decorating. When she moved to Vevay, she had a large bedroom and decided she would add a tree. This continued, and she came to a point where she was decorating nearly every room in the house. Because she does not have a good eye for decorating, she decided to use themes on each tree.
Using themes also caused her to add more trees. When she saw the Disney Storybook Collection, she loved it so much that she had to use it in her home. When she bought an antique bed for one of the rooms in her house, she thought it would only be fitting to decorate a tree in that room with antique ornaments. In the spirit of keeping the theme’s going, she also changes items, such as bedding and accessories, to match each of the trees and she is always adding more ornaments.
It takes about 20 hours for Main and her daughter, Shelli Calvert, also of Vevay, to decorate the trees and the house. Main and her son put the trees up for them the day after Thanksgiv-ing, and then the two ladies get to work decorating.
Main says she loves all of her trees and cannot pick a favorite, but she especially loves the tree in her living room. It is adorned with angels. She also loves the tree decorated with the Disney Storybook Collection ornaments. Main said that children also love the Disney tree, and adults tend to favor the angel tree and the Santa tree, which is complete with a Santa head tree topper.
This year, Main’s home at 1782 Hwy. 56, will be open for the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4-5 to correspond with the annual “Vevay Over the River” event. It will open again those same hours on Dec. 18-19.

• For information, call Main at (812) 534-3881.

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