One Christmas in the late 1920s, Sandusky resident Lucille Gutmann stacked pillows at the base of her Christmas tree and carefully planted papier-mache houses atop the peaks.
Gutmann has since died, but her descendants carry on her tradition.
They've taken it to incredible new heights in their Huron home.
Duane Stierhoff, Gutmann’s grandson, his wife Pat, and daughters Grace, 21, and Carolyn, 15, spend weeks each holiday season creating a sprawling winter wonderland in their living room.
“Every year he says ‘I don’t want anything else,’” Pat said of her husband. Inevitably, the Huron family adds something more to the massive display inside their home.
A close look reveals town squares and little villages within the wintery universe. In almost every corner is a surprise — faces peeking from behind windows, a tree sprouting gumdrops, Santa’s sleigh twirling on a wire over tiny rooftops.
Carolyn counted up all the buildings last Christmas. There were 166 houses and storefronts.