Just a hol­i­day? Christ­mas is Rock Hill woman’s ‘hobby’

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Front Page - BY AMANDA HAR­RIS ahar­[email protected]­al­don­line.com



Cathy Grif­fin

For Rock Hill res­i­dent Cathy Grif­fin, Christ­mas is more than a hol­i­day, it’s a pas­sion.

Grif­fin’s home is lined with 184 Christ­mas trees, big and small, plus 139 dif­fer­ent San­tas, wreaths, Christ­mas quilts and pil­lows and dec­o­rated tins and pots.

“Christ­mas is my thing. This is my hobby,” Grif­fin said.

It’s a hobby that has brought joy to Grif­fin’s friends and fam­ily mem­bers, es­pe­cially her 5-yearold and 3-year-old grand­chil­dren.

“My grand­chil­dren love it,” Grif­fin said. “They love all the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.”

Lighted Christ­mas trees, wreaths and wrapped boxes that look like gifts greet visitors who walk up to Grif­fin’s front door.

The large front porch is dec­o­rated with a life-size Santa, more trees and a poin­set­tia rug. Through­out the mul­ti­ple rooms, themed trees line ev­ery corner and wall.

There’s a mil­i­tary themed tree rep­re­sent­ing all branches, that pays homage to Grif­fin’s fam­ily mem­bers who have served, in­clud­ing her hus­band David.

A Star Wars tree brings joy to Grif­fin’s grand­chil­dren. It sits next to a camp­ing Santa and re­lated tree.

The Clem­son tree is one of Grif­fin’s fa­vorite. Her un­cle played for Clem­son in the 1950s.

“I bleed or­ange,” Grif­fin said. “I was born a Clem­son fan.”

Her other fa­vorite is the Elvis tree, lined with fig­ures of Elvis.

“I am a huge Elvis fan,” Grif­fin said. “I climbed seven sto­ries up a fire es­cape to meet him in 1972.”

A teacher tree dec­o­rated with glue sticks and No. 2 pen­cils and a cow­boythemed tree pay homage to Grif­fin’s long ca­reer teach­ing his­tory. She teaches his­tory at York Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

There is also a Fol­gers cof­fee-themed tree in Grif­fin’s kitchen, dec­o­rated with Fol­gers cof­fee bags and sit­ting in a Fol­gers cof­fee can.

At the en­try­way, an “It’s a Won­der­ful Life” themed vil­lage tree greets visitors. Also in the house is a pi­rates tree and a wine tree next to a winethemed Santa.

In the corner of the liv­ing room, the Griffins have their fam­ily tree, sur­rounded by gifts for loved ones.

Each year, Grif­fin adds new trees. She is a plan­ning a “12 Days of Christ­mas” tree for next year.

“Any Christ­mas store I find wher­ever I hap­pen to be, I go in to that Christ­mas store,” she said.

It’s a tra­di­tion that started when Grif­fin added trees to her four chil­dren’s bed­rooms when they were grow­ing up.

When her old­est daugh­ter got mar­ried on Dec. 31 about 15 years ago, Grif­fin said they dec­o­rated the venue with Christ­mas trees. Those 45 trees were added to Grif­fin’s home dec­o­ra­tions.

“It’s sort of grown over time,” Grif­fin said. “Ev­ery year, I think of an­other themed tree I want to do.”

Grif­fin’s home has be­come the place for fam­ily and friend gath­er­ings dur­ing De­cem­ber and craft time for her grand­chil­dren.

Grif­fin starts dec­o­rat­ing on Nov. 1, tak­ing about a week to put all her trees and other decor around the house. Grif­fin said she keeps the items in stor­age or­ga­nized by room un­til it’s time to dec­o­rate.

“I love it,” Grif­fin said. “It’s lots of fun.”

TRACY KIM­BALL tkim­[email protected]­al­don­line.com

Cathy Grif­fin sits in her Rock Hill home, which is dec­o­rated with more than one hun­dred Christ­mas trees.

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