Holiday House offers festive gift for season

Published 5:31 pm Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The annual Holiday House is under way at the Larry D. Striplin Performing Arts Center in the Walton Theatre.

On Tuesday, the event hosted chef Jan Justice of Jan-Jan’s Baklava, who was offering roasted pecans, homemade toffee and granola and her famous cinnamon and pecan baklava.

“I’ve been making this for a long time,” Justice said. “When I actually started selling it, I already had a pretty good following.”

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Justice usually sells her baklava and other baked goods at Mark’s Mart, but this week the holiday event was home to her work. Visitors to Tuesday’s Holiday House were able to take some of Justice’s delicacies with them and sample some with a cup of hot apple cider while they perused the various holiday offerings.

Holiday House features a different food vendor each day. On Wednesday, A. Alexander Gift Baskets and Gourmet Cupcakes will be the featured food vendor.

Joy Beers was found polishing some of the jewelry she had available on an array of tables Tuesday. Aside from jewelry, Beers is offering an assortment of Christmas decorations, scarves and other items.

Other items available for purchase at this year’s Holiday House include fused glass and wire-wrapped pieces from Terri Johnson of Minter and a range of options from Rita Jordan. Other gift items include home-made hats, baby clothes, aprons and other items, as well as Denise Rushton’s popular jams and jellies.

Vicky Sellers, who was volunteering to help out at this year’s event, confided that the daytime traffic to the event has been slow but tends to pick up every evening as people begin coming home from work and school.

Holiday House is able to stay open a little later this year since the Walton Theatre is playing a slew of classic Christmas movies to get everyone into the holiday spirt.

Sellers noted that even while people were still setting up on Sunday, matinee moviegoers began picking up gift items.

A percentage of each vendor’s proceeds go toward the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society.

Holiday House opens each day at 10 a.m. and will be open through Dec. 15.