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SYSK: Clare Dixon gets into the Christmas spirit


It looks a lot like Christmas at Clare Dixon's Reinbeck home.

Each holiday season, Dixon puts up 26 different Christmas trees and displays his more than 500 Santas.

"I love Christmas. I love the holidays," said Clare Dixon.

Trees on display this year include a patriotic tree, a shell tree and team trees: UNI, Iowa and Iowa State. Clare Dixon's favorite -- a Charlie Brown tree he made!

"It started mainly because I'd see a lot of bargains after Christmas," he said.

Each year after Christmas, he stocks up on lights and other items for the next year. It's safe to say, Dixon is thinking about how he's going to decorate for Christmas all year.

"Yes. All year long," he said.

Dixon said he loves taking ideas for new trees from his grandchildren. This year, he started decorating for Christmas in September! But he doesn't turn his lights on until Thanksgiving Day. Then he leaves everything up through the beginning of the year.

"It's about family, and it's about friends," said Dixon.

Which is exactly why Dixon invites groups of people to his home to see his decorations and to enjoy the holiday season. Everyone is welcome to stop by his Reinbeck home.

"Anybody who would like to see it, I'm glad to show it to them," he said.

You can see trees and his hundreds of Santas, including all 108 in the International Santa Collection.

Dixon said he loves Christmas, and he hopes the decorations help people get into the spirit of Christmas -- most importantly -- remembering the true meaning of the holiday.

"What a great holiday. The birth of Jesus," said Clare Dixon.

And even if you've seen Clare Dixon's trees another year, he changes things up and adds different tree-themes each year.

Dixon lives at 806 Pioneer Road in Reinbeck. If you'd still like to see his trees before the new year, just call ahead. He can be reached at 319-345-6307.

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