Garner Cleveland Record

Grinch Home in Heather Woods draws crowds

The Grinch house in the Heatherwoods subdivision
The Grinch house in the Heatherwoods subdivision jalexander@newsobserver.com

There’s a home decorated for Christmas, in the Heather Woods subdivision off Aversboro Road, but the decorations might not be what you’d expect.

The decorations are elaborate but they’re not covered with a bunch of Christmas lights.

Some call it “The Grinch House” because an eight-foot wide wooden cut out of a Grinch face and an arm are mounted on the side of the home.

Robynn Watkins, 35, the creator of the design, said the idea came to her when she started seeing pictures of a 6-foot Grinch being put in yards.

Her friends, who knew her work, sent her pictures of the design. She took it as a challenge.

“When I saw it, my first thing was I wanted to make one bigger,” Watkins said.

She created the design by hand carving the wood and painting it. She placed the design on her boyfriend’s home.

Watkins said the Grinch fits her personality. Watkins was born on Christmas Day, so she often had to split it with her birthday.

She said since she’s put up the design, hundreds of people have stopped to check it out.

As Watkins talked to a reporter about her creation a car slowed down to give the display two thumbs up.

“I did it for my kids,” Watkins said. “They are at the age, where they like to help me. We just wanted to do something that you don’t see every day.”

Jimmy Hales, her boyfriend, agreed.

“It’s fun for the adults to like it, but the kids, that’s what it’s about,” he said. “As long as they like it then we did good.”

Watkins has a 12-year-old son, while Hales has an eight-year-old daughter.

“We just wanted to do a little something around Garner,” Watkins said. “We don’t have a ton of lights, but this is something different.”

The couple and their children will set up a cookie booth on December 23 at 5 p.m. at the house on 104 Chillingham Road. They want children to come and enjoy the house.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @GarnerCleveland

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