Deck the whole house: Family transforms NE Ohio home into winter wonderland

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MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio- For almost six decades, a Middlefield woman has been turning her house into a winter wonderland for Christmas.

People say it’s a sight to see. "I'm just a big kid and I love Christmas," said Betty Ficke of Middlefield.

The 85-year-old woman loves Christmas so much that for the past 59 years she's been transforming her Middlefield home in Geauga County.  The holiday tradition started with just one decorative house ornament then the collection kept growing.

"This house is one of the first ones we bought and it has nothing,  but it was a Christmas, it belonged to Christmas.  Then we progressed into buying homes with lights, homes with people, with moving objects on there and it added to our Christmas,” said Ficke.

It usually takes about two weeks for Betty and her husband, Charles, to build their Christmas village, but lately the family has been pitching in so it only took three days this year.

"All the grandkids are like, 'When are you putting up the village? Can I come help, Grandma?' They expect it; they love it. They go through and look and see and say, 'I don't remember her having this one. Did she just get that?' Because every year it changes."

The family has collected more than 200 miniature homes in their Christmas village, plus all types of figurines including plenty of Santas.

"I love it every time we go somewhere and we see something that we don't have she'll buy it," said Charles Ficke of Middlefield.

The Ficke family said they have no plans of stopping now. " Betty and I, as long as we are alive, it will be every year,” said Charles Ficke.

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