Jo’s shar­ing her pas­sion for Christ­mas

Manawatu Guardian - - STEPPING OUT - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Jo Haynes loves Christ­mas, and her Christ­mas barn is tes­ti­mony to her pas­sion.

Pre­vi­ously Jo and hus­band War­ren lived in Palmer­ston North, and ev­ery Septem­ber Jo emp­tied the house and put all their fur­ni­ture into stor­age to in­stall her Christ­mas cave. The cou­ple had joined the Christ­mas Lights Spec­tac­u­lar and opened their home to the pub­lic.

“We even had sand on the din­ing room floor.”

Jo says she has al­ways loved Christ­mas.

“It is a spe­cial time, but it’s not a nice time for ev­ery­body.”

The cou­ple moved to a life­style block on Sang­sters Rd and Jo’s stip­u­la­tion was she had to con­tinue with her Christ­mas barn. Her pur­pose-built Christ­mas barn was built and now it’s a per­ma­nent fix­ture.

“It comes alive at night and is su­per, su­per mag­i­cal,” says Jo.

There’s much to see, it takes time, and she points to the pix­ies, which although not liked by ev­ery­one, Jo loves them, as well as the hedge­hogs, owls and mice.

There are 18 themed bays and Jo is adding to her col­lec­tions all the time.

There’s a tra­di­tional Christ­mas, and a beach theme from when the fam­ily had a Fox­ton bach, Ki­wiana and wood­lands and water­falls.

Jo’s first Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion is a ce­ramic rein­deer she made and painted, and there are fam­ily heir­looms.

Her grand­mother Mil­li­cent

■ Jo Haynes’ Christ­mas Barn is open by ap­point­ment or from De­cem­ber 10 7pm-10pm, adults $5, chil­dren up to 15 years $2. Book­ings can be made by call­ing 06 329-2629/027 8291352, or email waz­za­hayne@hot­mail.com or Face­book — Home 4 Xmas

■ See www.lo­cal­fo­cus.nz Made with Fund­ing by NZ on Air.

Jo Haynes shares her Christ­mas pas­sion with her col­lec­tion that now fills 18 themed bays.

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