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Proud of East Texas: Barbie Tree

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By Joan Hallmark - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - At Maureen "Mo" McSwain's home in Tyler, Barbie is the centerpiece of the Christmas decorations.

McSwain began collecting Barbies as a child and didn't realize how vast her collection had grown until she pulled it out to decorate a Christmas tree nine years ago

The McSwain collection includes numerous Barbies, her family, friends, Barbies in costumes from various countries, and "Storybook Barbies." And what would Barbie be without all her accessories and a wardrobe to die for?

McSwain admits she is a "collector of collections," having used silver, china and other collectibles to decorate at Christmas time. McSwain's Barbie tree was an immediate hit with family and friends. Barbie seemed to bring back memories of childhood as no other object had.

So many people visit her Barbie tree that MxSwain has decided she'll just have to leave it up because as her son told her, "too many people would be disappointed" if she took it down.

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