RACELAND, Ky. — Christmas decorations in all of their splendor, illuminate the home of Mary Williams, at 1155 KY State Route 693 in Raceland. Williams has been lavishing her home both inside and out for 25 years.
Williams held two open house events for friends and family. As visitors are greeted with a a radio broadcasting of Christmas music from 95.3 FM radio station. Upon entering, there are 37 Christmas trees inside, each room with it’s own festive theme, and a radio station broadcasting Christmas music (within range of the house) that plays in sync with the outside lights.
Williams said The Daily Times is the first newspaper to actually visit her home and explore her interior and exterior Christmas display.
“We have been doing this for about 25 years. I have made several attempts to have the local newspapers and radio stations to come out, but just did not have any success,” Williams said. “My son Dustin who loves Christmas was finally able to make a connection with your newspaper. We missed about three years when we moved away and came back. The inside is really what we decorate the most. We just love Christmas. When our kids were growing up they would always have to help us put it up.”
A considerable amount of time and effort is put into the 25-year decoration extravaganza.
“Anything that we see that we like, we get it. We get so much that we like each year, but now my husband says no more, because we have no more room to store it,” Williams said. “I like a little bit of everything. We try to do something different each year, and have at least one new tree in the house. Even outside, we try to do some different things, but a lot was torn up this year with the high winds that we had.”
There is so much for the eye to behold, specialty trees, such is the Tree of the Island of Misfit Toys, from the 1964 classic, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, to the tree of Dalmatians, and much more. A tree composed of McDonald Happy Meal Toys is also among the specialty trees.
The Williams closed their double-car garage, where the in-house display is featured. This area is fully-loaded with an array of model houses, with so many to number, Williams said she stopped counting.
“We stopped counting after 450 houses, and now my husband says we have too many. I asked him to put me another level on top of here but he said no,” Williams said.
Williams acquired an affinity for Christmas decorating from her mother Marie Perkins.
“When she was about 8 years old she started collecting all of this stuff,” Perkins said. “I just enjoy helping Mary with this. I have always enjoyed Christmas too. I used to decorate a lot when I was younger, I decorated heavily, but no where near as much as this, because I had four or five kids at home when I was small. So I had to do what I could do.”
Williams said she is motivated by her deep love for the Christmas holiday.
“We just love Christmas. We just love it, and always have. It is something that is very dear to our hearts, and we just enjoy sharing it with others,” Williams said. “We store all of the decorations in our attic, and then in early October we stop pulling them out and getting set up, and it takes us all the way up until December to get it all set up again.”
Williams said the tradition is to begin to break down of the display on Jan. 2.
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