Holdren Christmas display tradition continues


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Getting ready for the annual Christmas display.


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WILMINGTON — The location may have changed, but the long-held tradition of the Holdren Family’s Christmas celebration continues.

Twenty-four years ago, Mary Lou and Blackie Holdren opened their back yard on Randolph Street to the entire community to come enjoy their Christmas lights and decorations. The decoration consist of many brightly colored painting of Mary Lou’s favorite Disney characters. Each painting has been lovingly and painstakingly brought to life by Mary Lou.

Blackie and Mary Lou would invite children and adults from all around the county to visit their beautiful display. When Blackie passed away several years ago, one of his last wishes was that the family would continue the holiday tradition for as long as possible.

This will be the second year that the Holdren family has brought the display to the courtyard of the Wilmington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 75 Hale St. in Wilmington.

The family has spent several days decorating the facility, which has now been transformed into a Disney winter wonderland. At night, the entire courtyard comes to life with Mary Lou’s colorfully painted characters.

Bring your children and introduce them to the Holdren Christmas tradition. The display is available to the public from 7-9 p.m. every evening.

Getting ready for the annual Christmas display.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_Setting-up-Mary-Lou-Disney.jpgGetting ready for the annual Christmas display. Courtesy photo

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