Six Sun City homeowners will show off their elaborate Christmas collections
For Elaine Gillam of Huntley, Christmas begins before Halloween.
She asks a friend or relative to bring down the multitude of boxes storing Christmas decorations from her attic. And then her home slowly transforms.
Collections of gingerbread men, candy canes, Santas, snowmen, angels, poinsettias, eight Christmas trees, Christmas figurines, wreaths, live green winter pots, Northwoods decor and more – all fill just about every single room in her Sun City home.
“I do little by little until I get it done,” she said of her Christmas decorating.
How long does that take?
“I almost get it done by Thanksgiving,” she said, “but now I’m completely finished.”
Gillam’s Christmas collection slowly has evolved through the years, eventually taking over her home during the holidays. So when she was asked to take part in an annual Holiday House Walk For Charity, “I said, ‘I’ve got so much stuff anyway, why not?’ "