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Turner home provides North Pole atmosphere

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio -- Walking into Dixie Turner's house is like walking into Santa's wonderland and workshop.

"I just love Christmas and like to decorate the house," she said. "Every year I change colors and make it a little different. It's never all the same."

This year it's obvious that blue and silver are her theme colors with the red and green peaking out in the background.

The dining room is lined with a vintage Christmas village, which Dixie credits as gifts from friends and family. On the opposing wall is a big singing Christmas tree with all manner of Santas holding court around and under it. Some sing, some wiggle and some just say, 'Ho Ho Ho' and some have Mrs. Santa helping them out.

The living room displays the reason for the season. Inserted into this room's Christmas tree is a nativity set surrounded by lights and glitter. Off to the side is a ceramic Christmas tree and a large orb with baby Jesus as the centerpiece made by her twin sister Bertie Pyles. Angels adorn the area watching over Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The bedrooms don't escape this creative little lady's fine efforts. Settled into bed is a fully costumed life-size Santa all tired out from his toy giving frenzy. Settled in the corner is his empty toy bag and tossed beside him his hat on the bed. Not to be outdone is Mrs. Santa in full regalia at the dresser nibbling on her potato chips. When asked where she got the pair Dixie replied, "I bought the Santa but I couldn't find a Mrs. Claus, so I just made her."

Integrated throughout the house are the wooden cutouts that Dixie and her twin sister, Bertie make. According to Dixie's daughter-in-law, Jill Turner, "they do it all - cut out the forms, sand them and paint them." Many different versions of Santa, reindeer and his elves can be found throughout the abode - all with a bit of whimsy and a twinkle in their eyes.

Santa always has help from his elves so Dixie created a workshop out of one her bedrooms where lots of elves seem to be working away. They are climbing ladders, making toys and wrapping presents. Over to the side is a giant Christmas toy chest that looks to be waiting for the elves to fill it. Best of all these are Dixie's granddaughter, Patience's favorites.

There are real elves in Dixie's life as well. Her family knows how much she likes Christmas so they pitch in and help out with the decorations. Her grandsons are really good about putting away and getting out the heavy totes. Her daughter, Diana Galion and daughter-in-law Jill help paint, fix and plug-in all the Christmas gear.

To make Christmas complete for the Turner family they treat their entire church to a home-cooked meal.

"It's our present to ourselves," Dixie said. "We all come together and cook and serve. The grandkids dress like elves and we have a good time."

You may think that is all but its not. As you leave Dixie's property you pass a barn where she has set up a nativity set with lights shining on the figures. These are huge cutouts she has made herself, adding a new figure each year. She said, "next year I'm going to do the wise men." Peeping through the gate behind the scene are a real pony and horse making the scene even more realistic.

There is little doubt but that the Christmas story is special to Dixie and her family. They prepare for the season, they enjoy it and they cherish the memories it creates.

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