EVERY year a lot of joy is brought to the young and the young at heart by the beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Arthur Muller’s home in Framesby Extension.
“I started out small but made it my mission to grow my collection of trees and decorations each year, hence the difference in features and themes.”
He decorates mostly handmade original trees that no one else will have in their homes and uses trinkets from his and his life partner, Darrell Lee’s, international travels.
“I started with this back in 2001, when I took part in Port Elizabeth’s first Christmas tree competition held by the Christmas Shop, winning the original category and I have won that numerous times since then,” he said.
“But it’s not about winning, it’s about my passion celebrating advent season and our Saviour.”
On whether this heart warming task is a one man mission he replied: “Although I do it mostly by myself I do take advice and get inspiration from Darrell.”
Every year for the past 15 years Arthur used a different theme: “There is a yearly themed Christmas Tree, dependent on various factors,” Arthur explained.
“This year’s themed Christmas tree is “Fantasia” in aid of celebra-ting children,” and added happily: “We’ve just heard that Darrell and I have been asked to be the godparents to our very dear friend’s new baby.”
A selection of charities that are close to his heart benefit from this project.
“Luckily I have wonderful neighbours who never complain about the traffic and visitors because they embrace what we celebrate.”
This year there are nine Christmas trees on display, all various themed trees like Christmas Cloud, Victorian, Fantasia, Traditional, Cone shape, Elegance, Christmas all around the world, Pearls and Berries and the Ice Queen tree.
Arthur's trees can be viewed this Saturday (December 12) from 2pm to 5pm. A R20 entry fee is paid and Save-a-Pet and St Francis Hospice will be this year’s beneficiaries.
Cash donations and cat and dog food are also welcome. Phone Arthur for more info on 082 565 4216.