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Calumet couple share their passion for Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2012

Public invited to view Christmas Village

Diane and Tyler Sechler of Calumet, are pictured, along with their neighbor Caleb Chindlund, left, posing next to their Christmas Village, a project that has been 14 years in the making. The couple invites the public to come see their little winter wonderland during this holiday season. Photo by Mike Leckand
CALUMET - Diane and Tyler Sechler of Calumet invite the public to come see their unique Christmas Village.

Located at the office of T&E Tree Service, there are over 130 miniature Lemax Holiday Buildings that feature everything from ferris wheels to several churches, and there is even a brewery that was added this year.

The pair started collecting the buildings after a trip to Sam's Club 14 years ago. That first package came with six buildings and has grown ever since. Some of the buildings were gifts, but they were mostly purchased by the couple themselves.

Their first display sat on a 4'x4' piece and it just kept snowballing. They go on the hunt every year looking for the new buildings, and the pair are quite proud of the fact that they have no duplicates.

Of all the buildings they have, they are still on the look out for a hospital or a doctor's office.

When asked why they collect these buildings, Diane replied, "I don't know why I collect them. Maybe it's some kind of obsession. Its a great conversation piece and It's fun."

"It's like going on a treasure hunt every year. I really like seeing what's new," added Tyler.

Many of the attractions are lighted and have moving part,s and some even play holiday music.

During this holiday season it took Tyler four days to set up this year's display. "I just love the challenge," he said. He also admitted that it takes a lot longer to pack everything back up.

This year's display is estimated to cover 224 square feet.

The public is welcome to stop by anytime from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. until the holiday season is over. Their address is 113 N. Bunce in Calumet. Or you can call the Sechlers at 446-3269 to arrange a special viewing .

Diane stated that the Christmas village is "all about sharing during this special time of the year", but cautions everyone that "you can come and look, just don't touch."

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