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16 Christmas Trees in One House

By: Nathan Vickers
By: Nathan Vickers

One Ozarks household celebrates the season with 17 Christmas trees...16 of them are inside... One in just about every room.

You might think 16 Christmas trees would fill up a house too fast. It would turn into an indoor Christmas forest…but Karla and Ken Deaver have enough room in their house to space out their holiday decorating.

It's just something that happened over time. It wasn't really something we planned

The Deavers have a tree in every room in their house…take a listen:

Well of course we have the main tree,
Small tree in the laundry room,
Sailing beach themed tree,
Nemo Tree
Poinsettia and plain ornament
Pet tree--a tribute to our former pets
Vintage ornament tree in my daughter's bedroom,
We have a metal tree that has nothing but glass-blown eggs
One in my office and library,
Another tree that's pretty much vintage,
I have a little pink floral tree,
Four trees down in the lodge. Woodsy Trees.
Then I have a Disney inspired tree that's pretty much a tribute to Mickey mouse.

And one more tree outside makes seventeen total.

We love Christmas. I mean it's baby Jesus' birthday, man. You gotta celebrate.

Karla's birthday comes just a few days before Christmas. That means for her birthday she accumulates more decorations every year. Now she says she has thousands of little trinkets that go into storage every year, along with many of the trees.

You can't have all your ornaments on one tree when you have as many as I do.

The decorations on the trees range from contemporary tidbits to ancient European customs. In the German traditions…one tree even boasts a Christmas pickle.

Some people like having lights outside their house to celebrate the season. We just like to have a little bit of Christmas in every room.

The Deavers have guests in every room, too. They say making each room both cozy and Christmas tree means it's a great holiday for everyone.

Deaver says nearly all of her trees and ornaments came as gifts or were purchased at after-Christmas sales. Only one of her indoor trees is real--it's a Douglas fir.


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