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The Spirit of Christmas

Bothwell home radiates the holiday

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Bambi Thompson said she is a traditionalist, and her home reflects her personality, especially at Christmas.  From the giant red and white wreath hanging on the front door to the stockings swinging on the mantel of the massive fireplace, the Thompson’s home exudes holiday spirit.

Home is exactly what the Thompsons have called their Bothwell residence for the past five years.  “This is not just a house.  We live here,” Bambi said.  “I want it to feel like home.”

Those touring the Thompson home during the Homes of the Holidays event this weekend will catch a glimpse of that comfortable, yet festive atmosphere.  Six carefully decorated trees in various sizes and colors beautify different rooms throughout the home.

The main living space, with its 20-foot ceiling, easily hosts a 12-foot Christmas tree, decorated in browns and golds.  Bambi said she bought the tree on an after Christmas clearance, fully decorated.  In order to save time and the tree, she “shrink wrappeds” the entire thing, branches, bulbs and balls, after the holidays and hauls it to the garage for storage, all in one piece.  The next year it is brought back inside, the wrapping is removed and the lights are ready to be turned on.

Even then, Bambi said it still takes her about two weeks before the rest of her decorations – every ornament, every star, every wreath and each Santa Claus – find the ideal locations in which to spend the holidays.

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