OBX must-see Christmas Houses
Another home in KDH carries on the Poulos legacy

By on December 19, 2022

Dianna Mueller's Christmas House (Courtesy of Dianna Mueller)
Dianna Mueller's Christmas House (Courtesy of Dianna Mueller)
Dianna Mueller's Christmas House (Courtesy of Dianna Mueller)
Dianna Mueller's Christmas House (Courtesy of Dianna Mueller)
Dianna Mueller's Christmas House (Courtesy of Dianna Mueller)
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Dianna Mueller says she had long searched for an angel to put in her yard, but she could never find the one she had pictured in her mind. Recently, on a trip to Chesapeake, she walked into a home goods store and laid eyes on the one, in all its eight-foot glory.

“I was determined to find that angel…When I saw this one there were no ifs, ands or buts about it. I purchased it right there on the spot,” she said.

The angel she was searching for, she explained, had to be special, because it was intended as a representation of her parents, the late Jim and Ann Poulos, owners of the famed Christmas House on Ocean Acres. She now has it displayed in her yard alongside the “Joy” sign her parents kept at the original Christmas House. “Every time I look out, I automatically think of mom and dad,” she told the Voice.

The angel is part of a festive Christmas display that Mueller, along with her husband Dennis, daughter and son-in-law Caitlin and Austin Rollinson, and grandson Brantley have put together this Christmas for the public at their 903 Fox Street home in Kill Devil Hills. Like her sister Kristy Poulos is doing in Wanchese, Dianna Mueller wants to carry on with the Poulos holiday spirit.

With personal circumstances not allowing her to decorate during the first Christmas after her father’s passing in 2020, and an injury during Christmas of 2021, this is the first year that Dianna and her family were able to do their full set up, complete with many relics from her parent’s display, and many new additions, including a mailbox for letters to Santa which involve a guaranteed call from Santa when you get home.

“I will never be able to match up to what my parents have done, but it’s the tradition that we want to carry on the best way that we can in honor of them,” she said.

She recalled a moment at her parents’ home when a son brought his elderly disabled mother to sit by the fire and admire the decorations. After the house Santa Claus began singing a Christmas carol, the mother joined in. “The son immediately broke down in tears and told us that his mother had not spoken a word in five years,” Mueller recalls. “There was not a dry eye there that night.”

These are the kind of moments Dianna wants to perpetuate with her Christmas display. Her main goal in continuing the tradition is to keep meeting new people and sharing these interactions. This week she and her family will be outside passing out candy canes to anyone that comes by. She encourages people to stay and visit for a while.

According to Dianna, the display isn’t up to her standards yet. Living in a rental, the yard isn’t as big as she would like, they aren’t able to screw things onto the roof, and they don’t have storage for their growing collection.

“Oh my gosh, my husband can’t even walk on the side of his bed. My bedroom is surrounded. The foot of the bed, the side of the bed, every closet in the house is packed out,” she said. “But no matter where we are in the future, we will continue growing our display. As my dad used to say, ‘They keep smiling, we’ll keep lighting.’”


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  • Don Raymond

    Need to check out the house on waterlily road in Coinjock.

    Monday, Dec 19 @ 3:58 pm