Old Webb Road’s Christmas tradition comes to a close

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WEBB, Ala. (WDHN) — After 25 years, a Christmas tradition located on Old Webb Road is coming to a close.

When driving down Old Webb Road, you might notice a house decked to the nines. But what you can see on the outside is only a sneak peak of the Christmas decorations, cheer, and love that can be found on the inside.

For the past 25 years, Jerry Tew and his wife, Dorothy, have lit up Old Webb Road with Christmas decorations galore.

“(You) always have a Christmas tree to make sure Santa Claus has somewhere to put presents,” owner Jerry Tew explained.

Currently, the Tews have approximately eight Christmas trees set up—including a Santa-themed tree.

“You always have to have a Santa Claus tree if you’re going to have Santa Claus sitting around,” Tew said.

The decor doesn’t stop there. Just off the garage, the Tews have what they call “The Village.”

“I’ve got around 250 houses,” Tew said. “There’s 200 set up tonight.”

Yet, out of all the decorations at the Tew household, there is one that is the most special.

“Mom had suffered from breast cancer since 2003 and had gone into remission for eight years before it reoccurred,” explained Tew’s daughter, Drenea York. “It was just a unique way that we could pay respect to her.”

Since Mrs. Dorothy Tew passed away in 2014, the family has continued putting up the decorations and inviting people to stop by and look. However, this year will mark the last time.

“Age gets where you can’t crawl around on the floor,” Tew told WDHN. “You can’t lift all this stuff as much as (you used) to. 25 years is a good number to quit on.”

Through this last event, the Tew family hopes to keep Mrs. Dorothy’s memory alive and spread the true meaning of Christmas.

“W’ll be glad to show you everything that you’re seeing bits and pieces of tonight and we’ll be glad to talk to you and even share a smile with you,” York said.

The Tew’s home will be open Friday, December 6, from 5:30 to 9:30. You are welcome to stop by, enjoy Christmas snacks, and visit.

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