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Couple Decorates to the Extreme

MASSILLON, Ohio — From the outside it looks like any other Massillon home that’s nicely decorated for the holidays, but once you step inside you experience a Christmas wonderland.

Everywhere you look there are all types of Christmas decorations:  Santas, snow men, almost 30 Christmas trees and even little snow-covered villages with tiny figurines.

The Eggenschwilers say people are surprised once they enter their home.

“Well, they probably think we are nuts but they don’t say it!  I don’t know, I like Christmas,” explained Marge Eggenschwiler. 

Marge and her husband Dick started decorating their place 18 years ago when they got married.  Since then, each year they decorate every nook and cranny of their home.

“It was 5,600 and some pieces.  That’s all them little figurines, because you have to handle each one separately, ya know, and that’s what I counted,” said Dick Eggenschwiler.

Each room of the house is filled — the living room, the laundry room, their den … and it doesn’t stop there.  The bathroom has a toilet seat cover and a shower curtain with Saint Nick on it and their bedroom has a Christmas quilt.

The Eggenschwilers, who are both in their 80s, say because of health reasons, traveling is difficult so they make Christmas very special each year for their children and grandchildren.

“They love it.  ‘Oh, we are going to grandma’s for Christmas Eve!’  They are a gang of kids and Santa Claus comes,” said Marge.

It takes the Eggenenschwiler family a while to set up their Christmas extravaganza.  They start at the end of the summer and it takes up to 4 months to get it all completed.

“Get the stuff brought up from the shed and we start setting the shelves up and we usually try, hopefully try, to get done by Thanksgiving but this year we were a little late but we are pretty much finished now,” said Dick.

The Christmas-loving couple says because they love this holiday so much some of the decorations stay up year round.