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Lots of Christmas trees!


by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Not one, not ten, not even 20! Around 40 Christmas trees fill the Brockway home in Waterloo. That's because Brandon Brockway loves Christmas.

"I just love the whole idea of the spirit of Christmas and the decorating and all the things that go with it," he said.

As a history major, Brockway also loves the history of Christmas, which he incorporates into several of the trees. He has a Victorian tree with antique ornaments and one with real candles just like the very first Christmas trees.

Brockway said his "hobby" started almost ten years ago, and now it literally takes over the house.

"We usually start the second week of November. That gives us time to situate them and arrange them around and then afterwards we usually take them down the second week of January. Enough time to enjoy them," said Brockway.

All the trees come down.

"Some people have said to us, you should keep some of the trees up all year long, but it's special to get them out and just enjoy them for a month or so," he said.

The trees range in size from a few inches to seven and a half feet tall. Each tree has a theme: pets, the 1950s, snowmen, sweets, patriotic, smores and several for Christmas-related movies.

"It's hard to pick a favorite. I'd say the Victorian one is my favorite just because of all the antique ornaments that are on it, but I have other favorites too for other reasons," said Brockway.

It may be hard to pick a favorite tree, but it's obvious Christmas is Brockway's favorite time of the year.

"Nobody usually has a problem guessing what to buy me for Christmas," he said.

Besides trees, Brockway also has more than 90 Santas. It definitely feels like Christmas at the Brockways.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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