’Tis the season for decorations.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or just revel in the holiday spirit, this time of the year brings about opportunities for residents to dress up their homes and celebrate family and religious customs.
Several well-known local residents shared their holiday décor and what they do to celebrate the holidays.
Bob and Belinda Smith. The Smith home, which sits along Indiana Avenue on the city’s south side, is decorated for the holidays. However, the one decoration that takes center stage is their outdoor Nativity scene, complete with a lighted star.
The Rev. Bob Smith is the director and founder of the Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry on South Wayne Avenue, professor at Crossroads Bible College in Fort Wayne and worship leader at Harvester Avenue Missionary Church. His wife, Belinda, is a teacher at Fairfield Elementary School.
Larry Wardlaw. Wardlaw, a senior vice president at Asher Agency, doesn’t do much decorating for the holidays in his West Central Neighborhood home. He says he stopped putting up a Christmas tree some years ago. But what he does do is fill his home with lots of poinsettias of different colors.
Wardlaw, who was born, raised and lived his entire life in Fort Wayne, is an active community volunteer who has served with a number of civic, charitable and fine arts organizations. He also has been involved in the local theater community for a number of years.
Rabbi Javier Cattapan. To celebrate Hanukkah, which began this year on Dec. 8, Rabbi Cattapan hosts a Hanukkah party at his Fort Wayne home. For the party, Cattapan says his home is decorated with menorahs and guests usually bring items to the party, such as dreidels. Cattapan, who was born in Argentina, serves Congregation Achduth Vesholom on Old Mill Road.
Karen Gibbons-Brown. Even after spending months immersed in rehearsals and performances for the Fort Wayne Ballet’s annual show of The Nutcracker, Gibbons-Brown doesn’t tire of nutcrackers. The ballet’s executive director enjoys decorating her Fort Wayne home with her collection of nutcrackers.