Garden City Christmas House couple end tradition after 60 years

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GARDEN CITY, Mich. (WXYZ) — “Christmas love. It’s just a magical time!” said Marguerite Boyce.

“We get Christmas cards, we get thanks,” Marguerite said. “We started in 1959,” said Marguerite Boyce.

Marguerite and Richard Boyce started a tradition that was rooted in their love for each other. Family, faith, brotherhood and the holiday spirit.

Thus, the Garden City Christmas House was born!

“Happiness is what God wants us to be happy. You’re supposed to enjoy life,” Marguerite said.

“Tell me how young you are, mum,” asked 7 Action News reporter Andrea Isom.

“I’m 86. And dad, how are you?” said Marguerite looking at her husband Richard.

“87? Richard replied.

“89, honey!” Corrected Marguerite laughing.

They still laugh like children. After 68 years of marriage and 10 children, 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Every ornament, trinket, toy, Santa and twinkle light has been for all of them and their community too!

It has become something iconic, celebrated and honored in Wayne County, Garden City and beyond.

“We went to Nevada and people were like, ‘Oh, are you from Garden City? You should check out that house on Maplewood.’ said Marguerite.

After 60 years, the end of an era is finally here.

“Why is it time to slow down? asked Isom.

“Because we are getting too old to participate in the production,” Marguerite explained.

“I don’t climb on a chair much anymore,” Richard said.

“I won’t allow him!” Marguerite added.

The Boyces will keep some decorations in the future, but not too many.

“We will have the nativity. It means a lot to us and probably to the choir because the choir represents all 10 children,” Marguerite said.

“We have been blessed. God has blessed us so much,” Marguerite added.

Blessings the Boyces have so graciously shared with you all!

Merry Christmas from Garden City, Michigan!

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