Couple stage massive Christmas display

All are welcome at Patricia and Selwyn Budd's Christmas display, even Buddha.

The Waitara couple have decked out the Brooklands Church Hall in New Plymouth with Patricia's personal collection of Christmas decorations, and have had about 300 visitors over the last four days.

Donations from visitors will go towards the Brooklands Church charity.

The display included everything from Patricia's handmade decorations, candlesticks, quilts and christening gowns to singing teddy bears, wreaths, Christmas trees and ceramic figures of Mary and Joseph, Jesus, Buddha and Sathya Sai Baba.

Patricia said a person's religion had nothing to do with their ability to enjoy a Christmas display.

"People ask us if we're Catholic and we're not. You just do what you want and enjoy it."

Patricia always wanted to display the collection and give the proceeds to a charity, and this year she and her husband had finally hauled it from its storage in the garage.

Patricia's is no ordinary Christmas collection.

"When we moved from Hamilton we had a three-tonne truck twice and a truck and trailer twice, and that was just the crafts."

She admitted it was not a regular person's pursuit.

"Being mad does help."

The hand-crafted decorations had been hugely popular with visitors, with only half a dozen not buying something, Selwyn said.

In her twenties Patricia thought about taking up golf, but decided against it and joined the YWCA instead and started doing crafts.

"I've done ceramics, canework, leatherwork, you name it.

"I didn't want to get old and boring."

The Budds visit rest homes where Patricia teaches crafts and Selwyn plays country music.

"It's just nice to be able to talk to people," Patricia said.

Will they be repeating the display next year?

"Ask my husband," she chuckled.

The display ends on Saturday.

Taranaki Daily News