Each year, the Rose Colored Lasses sponsors a service project or event during the holiday season. For many years, they hosted Breakfast with Santa and an annual holiday house tour. For the past few years, the group hosted the kick-off reception for the Festival of Trees at Delaware Hospice Center.
“Of course, COVID and its restrictions prevented us from doing any of these activities this year,” Rebecca Sharp, a member of the group, said. “So, the question became, what can we do that will provide our community with some holiday cheer and keep us all COVID-safe? We saw two things. One was that our neighbor to the south in Lewes was offering a list of homes that were decorated for Christmas and the second was an actual question from someone who was new to Milford who asked what the town did for Christmas each year. Those two ideas have grown into a fun idea that fits into all COVID restrictions, but still gives families something to do that is fun.”
The organization began asking people who had decorated the outside of their home to email Sharp. All submissions were added to a list that members are sharing on their Facebook pages. Families are encouraged to hop in the car and ride around looking at the homes decorated for the holiday.
“The list is by no means comprehensive, but should provide an idea of where to head when taking a family on a ride to “look at the lights,” something many of us did as children,” Sharp said. “The list has a wide range of decorating styles. At least one rivals the classic Griswald home in the movie “Christmas Vacation,” while others are more understated. There are several streets listed where the entire street is ablaze with lights. Milford is truly lit up!”
The list includes homes Shawnee Road as well as many homes in The Holly’s. Homes in downtown Milford on Church, New, Walnut Streets as well as Kings Highway are also included. Avenue Church and homes in Sara Glen Acres are also listed. Chestnut Knolls, North Shores, Haven Lake Estates, Lake Country Estates, Pleasant Woods, Knot’s Landing, Orchard Hill, Meadows at Shawnee, Lighthouse Estates and Knollac Acres are also included.
A copy of the list can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who wants to add their home to the list can also reach out to Sharp via email.
The Rose Colored Lasses began as a group of friends exercising at Curves, a fitness center designed for women and grew into a fund-raising organization with fun in mind. When Curves closed, the women were approached to start a Relay for Life Team and became one of the top fund-raising teams at the event. The group decided that they did not like that money raised at Relay for Life left the local area, so they decided to create their own events and raise funds for local groups.
Over the years, they have donated funds for air conditioners at the Home of the Brave, purchased love seats for Delaware Hospice and provided funds for the KenCrest Group Home in Dover.