Festive family fun

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Four-year-old Mikaela Menzies (second from left) gets into the Christmas spirit with mum Natalie Menzies (left), grandmother Glenis Menzies and aunty Linda McIntosh (right) at Laurel Bank on Sunday.

The restored homestead’s doors were opened for its inaugural “Christmas open home” last weekend (below) and about 300 people got a glimpse of the house. Owner Sheena Haywood says visitors enjoyed the differently themed rooms – ranging from traditional Christmas, to modern, “edgy” and “girly” festive themes.

The open home success means it’ll become an annual event, says Haywood.