Home For The Holidays!

December 17, 2009

Every November, island resident Heather Platzer gets a certain twinkle her eye. Since she was a child, she’s been collecting Christmas ornaments, snow globes, Christmas trees and Santa Claus figurines. And each year, Heather’s husband James hauls down endless boxes of Christmas decor and delight from the attic in their Daniel Island Park home, where the boxes take up a vast majority of the space!

From start to finish, it usually takes Heather about three weeks to decorate their home for the holidays. She spends four days alone on the main Christmas tree in the living room, which boasts more than 1,000 ornaments!

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Heather in front of her main Christmas Tree

“I’ve been collecting ornaments pretty much since birth,” recalls Heather. “Really! I’ve got ornaments that friends and family gave my parents when I was born. My entire family has always been really into Christmas so you could say I come by it honestly.” Her mom, Re, also lends a hand and, according to Heather, her husband James is almost a professional when it comes to putting the lights on the Christmas trees!

There are a total of four (yes, four!) Christmas trees each year in the Platzer home. The beautiful 10-foot giant in the downstairs living room is accompanied by three other themed trees throughout the house. Each theme tree takes Heather approximately two hours to decorate with more than 250 theme-specific ornaments per tree! In the breakfast nook, a fruit-themed tree displays ornaments of strawberries, blueberries, oranges, pineapples and all varieties, shapes and sizes from the fruit family.

Fruit ornaments

Mickey Mouse

A couple of years ago, Heather surprised James, an avid Disney fan, with a special Disney-themed Christmas tree for their master bedroom. Featuring colorful ornaments of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy and other Disney characters, the “Disney Tree” tree is bright, whimsical and fun — sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. On the third floor of the home, an “Americana Tree” pays homage to our country and its patriotic spirit. The “Americana Tree” can be found in the couples’ office, which displays mementos and memorabilia from James’ great-uncle Al who worked as Assistant Director of the FBI during J. Edgar Hoover’s tenure.

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A cross-stitch of the American flag that Heather’s mother, Re, made for her daughter’s “Americana Tree”

A number of Heather’s decorations were passed down through both her and James’ families, and many were gifts. The ceramic nativity scene beneath the main Christmas tree was created by Heather’s grandmother during the 1970’s, which she left to her only granddaughter. The beautiful set of red glassware on the dining room table belonged to James’ great-grandmother and dates back more than 100 years. Several of the snow globes in Heather’s collection were gifts from friends and family. And a number of the ornaments from the “Americana Tree” were presents from a friend who worked in Washington, DC.

Heather also purchases many of her ornaments and Christmas trinkets on trips and vacation with her husband. “I love buying ornaments from other places,” she says. “It’s a small little purchase, but every year, when I pull the ornament out of the box, I’ll remember that specific trip and the place where I bought it. To me, that’s more special than anything else I might bring home.”

For more pictures of Heather and James’ festive Daniel Island Park home, take a look at the photo gallery below. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!