Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

From Mick Melvin:


My wife and I were in New Britain, CT, to see an exhibit at the New Britain Museum of Art and I stumbled upon this backside opportunity. Across the street from the museum was a large display of Christmas lawn ornaments. I walked over to take a look and was amazed by the variety of decorations. I then spied a sign on the front lawn with dates of an open house. I never did make it back for the open house, but I did take a few shots.


As it turns out, the woman who lives at the house has been putting on the display since 1978. The admission fee for the open house is as little as a non-perishable food item. Rita Giancola, who is 87, opens up her house every year. This year it was open from December 18-22. Many schools and local folks come to view the Christmas extravaganza. The lawn is covered with many Christmas-themed items such as plastic Santa Claus, Toy Soldiers, Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and Snoopy to name a few. She also decorates the inside and the balcony of her home with a plethora of Christmas ornaments. It is said to be the largest lawn display in the area.

If viewing this display doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, you need to check your pulse. Happy Holidays to you all and best wishes for the new year!



  1. I love when people go all out for Christmas. I'm a half-hearted decorator at best, with a modest string of lights and a few things inside the house. I tip my hat to Rita, and to you, Mick, for bringing us her awesome holiday display!

  2. I grew up in New Britain.....This house has been decorated this way inside and out for over 30 years....During the week of the open house a can food donation will get you a look inside.....Mrs G. is in her late 70's or early 80's and still enloys going all out....its a site to see at night when its all lit up!

  3. Thank you, Dave!!! I'm also a half hearted decorator. We had a few strings of lights, but not very creative. Rita definitely makes up for us both!