November-December 2014 | BUILDING TRADITIONS

BUILDING TRADITIONS
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FOR THE HOLIDAYS

BUILDING TRADITIONS

The Lambertson home in Pocomoke is a holiday gathering place for the entire family

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

Jason Lambertson has fond memories of growing up on his parents’ farm in Pocomoke. So fond, in fact, that the young president of Gateway Builders basically recreated the situation for his own family not three miles away when he built his house in 2002. The 16-room, 4,800 sq. ft. two-story Georgian colonial sits on a bucolic tract of 115 acres, eight of which are set aside for recreational family living, while the balance functions as a working farm that produces corn, wheat and soy beans.

“As a kid, my parents, brother and I would go over to my grandparents’ house every year to celebrate Christmas Day with them,” said Jason, who occupies his beautiful home with wife Kimberly and children Logan, 16, Makenzie, 14, and Tristen, 11. “Now that they’re no longer with us, we share the holidays within a family network that includes our house, my parents’ house and Kim’s parents’ house.”

Jason said a tradition that has lasted generations is the one in which each child gets to open one present at a time, in 
ascending order, from youngest to oldest. The adults always enjoy watching the children participate in this experience. 
Spending even a little time with Jason reveals that in his quiet way, he cherishes his role as family patriarch.

Accordingly, he makes sure his home reflects the pride and love that swell within it. The family enjoys convening in the living room, around the 12-foot Douglas fir-style tree, for refreshments and snacks after candlelight service on Christmas Eve (just like the one on which Jason proposed to Kimberly more than 18 years ago). With stately features that include a 16-foot cathedral ceiling and nine-foot-high circle-top, colonial-trim windows, it is a perfectly 

Rockwellesque venue for beloved family and friends to congregate in the true and gentle spirit of the holiday season. The living room’s four-panel French doors, meanwhile, open onto a bi-level mahogany deck and palm-tree-enclosed pool area that overlooks the property’s two-acre pond, offering an idyllic perch from which to respire the crisp night air of winter. Back inside, output from the pinewood-accented Carrara-marble fireplace suffuses the room not just with heat but with the warm glow of Christmas.

“Some years we gather as many as 40 people here, from as far away as Florida,” Jason shared. “We just want all of them to feel as if they were home.”


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