Everyday is a holiday at Holly Hills Road home

Willie Bell has been decorating all of her life.

As a youth, her mother permit her enhance the relatives tables through big gatherings of 30 or so family members.

“All of my life, I decorated the tables,” she reported all through a the latest job interview. “I realized how to embellish by executing that. It wasn’t just for the vacations but all year-round.”

As an grownup, her passion for decorating carries on as she decks her home’s halls and rooms for practically every holiday break and then some.

This time of yr, her Holly Hills Highway home is decorated within and out with Xmas decor. Bell, a member of 1st United Methodist Church in downtown Columbus, has something for just about every Xmas lover in practically each and every nook and cranny of her dwelling, which include the entrance and back yards.

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The retired preschool teacher said she started out her decoration collections with factors her former college students manufactured. Some merchandise are from craft revenue she held twice a calendar year for 7 decades at her household. Her family and good friends also have both manufactured merchandise for her or supplied her some — this kind of as Santa hat chair handles — to insert to her collections.

“I have persons who just give me things and ‘I say I’ll obtain someplace to spot it,’” she mentioned with a chuckle in a space which has a shelf of various Santas and garland a number of inches underneath the ceiling. “I like to collect anything at all that’s special.”

Some of individuals one of a kind products include compact discs painted to search like round breath mints and gentle bulbs protected in paint and glitter to look like common ornaments. A couple sets of red, plastic cutlery arranged with a bow that glance pretty much like snowflakes dangle in a burlap garland over a mirror.

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When asked about how many Santas she had in the dwelling, she counted about 10 in one particular area ahead of finding a few a lot more and laughed. “I have a whole lot.”

Whilst Bell normally takes photographs to aid her try to remember where some points go, the decor may differ from year to yr. For instance, in 2020 a Victorian-themed tree was amongst the quite a few standing in her dwelling. It is in storage this calendar year, however some of the Victorian ornaments had been utilized to enhance other trees in her home.

Bell explained she decorates all calendar year because it’s enjoyment.

“I like it,” she explained. “After I put every thing up, I’m ready to get to the next (set of decor).”

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Christmas decorations start off likely up all around the day Thanksgiving, Bell stated. Just after Xmas, she’ll start decorating with snowmen for winter. In February, she’ll do Valentine’s Working day and so on.

“It is dependent on regardless of whether Easter is in March. So in whichever a single it is not, I do spring. And then come June or occur May possibly, I’ll start with some flowers,” she reported. “I have sunflowers almost everywhere for the summer season. And then August, September, October, and November, it commences with fall and then Halloween and then Thanksgiving and Christmas once more.”

Some of her preferred decorations were being created by her partner, William Bell. He cut many pieces of wooden for Bell to adorn for different decorations. He constructed numerous outside Xmas things — a nativity scene, reindeer and a sleigh that has wheels on it.

“The nativity is special to me due to the fact my partner built it,” she mentioned. “We set it collectively.”

Bell explained her family is utilized to the decor and she enjoys sharing it with some others.

“I do it so substantially, my family just arrives in and understands that’s how their grandmother is,” she said. “I adore to share it with folks. It’s pleasurable. I definitely do take pleasure in it.”

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