Killingly woman turns her home into a Christmas tribute

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., Dec. 13, 2011
Reindeer graze on the front lawn of Jacqueline Tremblay's home on L'Homme Street in Danielson. Photos by D. Coffey.
Reindeer graze on the front lawn of Jacqueline Tremblay's home on L'Homme Street in Danielson. Photos by D. Coffey.

Jacqueline Tremblay's home on L'Homme Street in Danielson is Christmas central for the holidays. It took her three weeks to transform the L-shaped ranch into a celebration of all things Christmas-y. Angels trumpet at the wishing well. Santa reads a list near the bay window. Glittering white reindeer and 57 candy canes lead to the front door.

All manner of Christmas decorations fill the inside of her home. They hang from the walls, windows, doorways and fireplaces. Her tables are set with Christmas table cloths and dinner plates. Mistletoe hangs from the dining room chandelier. Christmas pot holders adorn her kitchen cabinets, stove and refrigerator. Stuffed snowmen and teddy bears take up practically all the seats in the living room. Garlands stretch from one end of the house to the other. Even the bathroom is fully decorated in the spirit of the season.

Tremblay has been carrying on the tradition for 40 years, and she credits it all to her mother. “Christmas was my mom's time of year,” she said. “I fell into it. Now it's my time of year. I love doing it.”

Crowning it all is a 9'6” blue spruce Christmas tree in the living room with two villages on either side. An 80-year-old crèche lies just beneath the lowest-hanging branches.

Tremblay doesn't let anyone help her decorate. “It's got to be my way,” she said. “They are my pride and joy.”

Tremblay calls it a pleasure to share the happiness that she has at Christmas with others.


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