There are few holiday celebrations more European than Boxing Day, a vestige of aristocratic England wherein gifts were given from master to servant. So it makes sense that the best place to celebrate Boxing Day in Texas is Rienzi, a grand Houston home operated by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and dedicated to European decorative arts, paintings, and furniture.
Nestled among four acres of tranquil wooded gardens in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood, Rienzi was designed in 1952 by local architect John Staub. With one look at the period decorations in the foyer, you’ll be transported across time and space. This is particularly true on Boxing Day, when the home will be festooned in festive style and a parade of holiday activities will fill the day.
Art activities for the family will take place in the living room from 10:00 a.m until 1:00 p.m., while harpist Emily Klein will lift the spirits with holiday music until noon. At 2:00, curatorial assistant Misty Flores will deliver a lecture that takes visitors through some of the luxurious objects and adornments on display in Rienzi’s exhibition, Extravagant Objects: Jewelry and Objets d’Art from the Masterson Collection. The day will end as any holiday should—with cookies and refreshments among friends in the living room. Don’t forget to pop a Christmas cracker on the lawn before heading home.
Celebrate Boxing Day at Rienzi from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $10. Children under the age of 12 enjoy free admission, while seniors and youth aged 13-18 will be charged $8. Guided and self-guided tours will be available throughout the day.
Featured photo by Paul Hester, Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.