Watch: Elder Yorkers Stage the Nativity Live to Bring Holidays
On December 11, 2019, residents of the Victorian Villa and Dallastown Nursing Center performed a live Nativity scene in front of friends and family.
Cameron Clark, York Daily Record
A young visitor to Tim and Kim Miller’s home called it “the best Christmas house in Pennsylvania.”
Having visited the West York residence recently, it’s hard to argue.
Room after room nothing but Christmas decorations. A garage that houses a railway town (village is the traditional term, but it’s way too big to be a village). An outdoor sign that people are encouraged to walk through.
The numbers are staggering:
- 71 holiday inflatables
- 400 indoor figures
- 17 Christmas trees in four rooms
- 90 hours of work to set up the city of the train and the outdoor displays
- 50 hours of work to set up the interior displays
For Tim and Kim, decorating their property is a labor of love.
“My parents loved Christmas,” Kim said. “[Tim] was just lucky enough to fall into it.
But the man who starts growing his beard in September so it looks nice and bushy to play Santa Claus, doesn’t seem to care. Tim dons the Santa Claus costume for a few hours on Saturday evenings in December while the Millers hand out candy to children passing by the outdoor exhibit.
It is free to browse the exhibit, in the 1600 block of Orange Street, but they will accept non-perishable food donations for the Catholic Harvest Pantry or pet food donations.
The interior of the house is not part of the tour, the Millers have brought out hundreds of figurines because they love the holidays.
A tree is dedicated to Pez dispensers. Another has a gingerbread theme. The group’s only “real” tree contains a Christmas ball with a painting of their late dog Patches.
One shelf holds Lenox collectibles and another holds Santas in assorted shapes and sizes.
A giant Nutcracker statue guards the Pez dispenser tree in one corner of a room and a creepy little stuffed snowman stands in the other.
Kim Miller takes care of the interior design and Tim takes care of the exterior. Their decorations come from after-Christmas sales, garage sales and donations. They only paid the original price for one of the inflatables, and that was just to make their granddaughter happy.
They start preparing for Christmas in November, but changes will come to the decor as soon as the holidays are over.
“December 26,” Tim said when asked when his Santa Claus beard and mustache would be removed.