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Sisters create indoor Christmas Wonderland

Staff Reports Posted 29 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Peggy Barringer
ALBION – Sisters Mary Lou Ames and Barbara Ames love Christmas. They love it so much, they put up 19 Christmas trees this year.

Each tree has a specific theme and is decorated accordingly. Their home on East Countyhouse Road is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland complete with a myriad of other holiday collections that are put on display.

The sisters, who live next to the family-owned business Homestead Wildflowers, start decorating around the first of November and continue daily right up until Christmas.

The Circus Tree is one of 19 decorated for the season.

The “Silver and Gold Tree” shines near a window.

Mary Lou Ames, head floral designer at the shop, said that they generally leave the trees up through the month of January.

The women said they have no idea how many ornaments they have, but many came from annual trips to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the “World’s Largest Christmas Store,” in Frankenmuth, Mich.

A quote from Charles Dickens is framed and on display.

Nutcrackers line the stairway.