Lufkin couple celebrating Christmas with eight Christmas trees and hundreds of Santas

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin couple has added a touch of Christmas in every room because of their love for the holiday.

Step into Jim Haley's home and you will enter a world full of the Christmas spirit.

"I think Christmas is a special time for us, because of the reason we celebrate Christmas," Haley said.

For over 40 years, Jim and his wife have been collecting decorations, all starting with a pink Saint Nick, and now Santas can be seen in every room.

"I have probably 200 or 300 different Santa Clauses of all different styles and we have a large collection of nutcrackers," Haley said.

When it comes to a Christmas tree, Haley and his wife need more than one.

"We started collecting ornaments and we have grown to eight trees this year," Haley said. "In the den, it is just a collection of ornaments we have gotten over the years. On top of our stairwell is a Santa Claus tree. In our living room is a tree with gold ornaments. In our kitchen is a tree with kitchen ornaments. In the breakfast room is tree that has mostly handmade ornaments. We secured small cartons and stuff from the trash cans at a laundry mat for our tree in the utility room. The bedroom has a tree that is a quilting theme."

No room is spared, not even the bathroom.

"It has Christmas toilet paper as garland on the bathroom tree," Haley said. "It is the room that most people like."

Haley said the decorated home was not as expensive as it looks.

He and his wife do a lot of bargain shopping, and most of the ornaments cost them only 50-cents.

Haley says he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon, knowing that each year brings another opportunity to share his love for Christmas.

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