GRAND RAPIDS -- Every year we see people go all out on Christmas
decorations and lights on the outside of the home, but there are some
that turn the inside of their home into a Christmas village. We were
invited to check out three West Michigan residents and their Christmas
Village collecting hobby.
Karen Dunn of Ada has just about every surface of her house covered with a miniature Christmas village.
"I started out with one small yellow house and I thought I would get four or five," explains Dunn. "I now have over 200."
She only has room to display about 80.
Cheryl Balder of Grand Rapids spends three weeks setting up her village in her basement.
collect villages, but a lot of people collect a specific type of
village," explains Balder. "I collect anything that I think fits."
Cheryl creates village zones in her basement--a small town, an airport, a ski area, and farm.
Robinette, owner of Robinette's Apple Orchard and Winery, has his
collection at his place of business to be seen all year long. "I think I
have about 120. It draws a lot of attention from visitors," explains
Robinette. His village is a multi-tiered sprawling town of hundreds of
buildings and people. It can be seen the winery basement at Robinette's.
price of this hobby can be expensive: a building can run $50 to $120
and when you have over 100, "have a very understanding husband, because
it costs a lot of money," says Cheryl Balder.
"Nobody has called me crazy, but I have called myself crazy several times," explains Robinette.