In the backyard of Amy Vercoe’s property, Santa is everywhere; in a plane, a car, a tractor and even on the toilet.
And while most people have one Christmas tree, the Vercoes have six.
“We’ve always loved Christmas,” said Vercoe, who got into Christmas decorating on a grand scale five years ago.
“Every year we add more and more but there is actually too many items to say how many we have.”
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A sign off the road invites passersby to come down the driveway – lined with candy canes – for a guided tour of the house in Blenheim.
First, people are hit with their garage conversion; an inflatable stable with six reindeer.
Vercoe said people always asked where Rudolph was, and she told them he was on a job with Santa.
Close to the garage, a 5-metre-tall blowup Santa welcomes guests with a North Pole sign.
“It is our pride of joy. When they walk through, people are always impressed, and they take their pictures with him,” Vercoe said.
A large blowup door then takes people into Santa’s toy shop, to a new veranda-full of Christmas goodies.
Two large wooden tables show off soft toys, baubles, tinsels, more santas and reindeers.
“We have easily spent over $1000 to buy new stuff this year. I ordered some more things yesterday, they were on special, $100 each,” Vercoe said.
“When people ask me about the power bill going up because of all the lights, I answer, ‘Who cares?’ It is just for a few weeks. It has been a pretty s*** year for everybody so it is nice to do something that brings a little joy to people.”
She said it took her and her husband Jason about 30 hours to set up all the decorations.
“The lights are probably the most challenging part. It is a bit of a mission to make sure we have power in the right place,” Jason Vercoe said.
Changing and adding to their display each day, the couple, who have four children, love sitting in their veranda at night, welcoming visitors.
“A couple from Nelson came one night, they found it so pretty that they came back to have another tour and take more pictures. That is why we do it, we do it for people,” Amy Vercoe said.
The Vercoes, at 10a Old Renwick Rd, have entered First National Marlborough’s Christmas Lights Competition this year. Visit firstnational.co to find registered homes and vote for your favourite. Voting closes on Sunday, December 20. A winner will be announced on December 22.