Sylvia Nash has more Christmas trees in her Chino Hills home than the President’s home in Washington, D.C. She has 54 themed trees compared to just 41 at the White House.
More than 400 friends and neighbors will visit her Brookside Drive home this Christmas season for holiday parties, socials and gatherings.
On December 2, she welcomed her 10e Women’s Christmas Dessert Annual Open House.
The women were amazed to see detailed Christmas villages, candle-lit tables nestled in the greenery and 7,000 lights adorning two trees and the ramp that spiraled with torrents of garlands, pine cones, fruit and of gypsophila.
The ladies treated themselves to an abundance of neatly arranged and labeled desserts on tiered trays, along with hot apple cider and coffee.
Fifty-four Santas were spotted in the Santa Claus Village upstairs, 81 Santas on Santa’s tree with 28 others nearby, 39 Santas on the living room coffee table, plus a handful of 78 bottom, for a grand total of 280 Santas.
His most recent trees are the Rose-Bodied Angels Tree, the Red Tree, the Santa Claus Tree, the Reindeer Tree, and the Red/White Tree.
Her doll tree in the dining room has 58 dolls and the “angel bathroom” downstairs has 73 angels on the tree plus 27 in the room, for a total of 100.
He needs an entire evening to decorate the kitchen village and another evening to decorate the piano village.
Ms Nash said the decorating began on Labor Day and ended on October 20. The exterior was completed on November 17.
She does it because she likes it and considers it a gift for women.
Ms Nash said she wanted to inspire women earlier this month, especially younger ones, to create Christmas memories for their families.
“A lot of women say they go home and start decorating, even cooking, for their family,” she said. “It’s always so encouraging when I hear that.”
A peek into one of the bathrooms reveals two teddy bears taking a bubble bath in an oval tub where clear bubble-like ornaments rest on plush cotton like soap suds.
Mrs. Nash even allows guests to tour the garage. Here she shows off her husband Loren’s work and more than that, her longtime support of his annual venture.
Mr Lillestrand, who calls himself an “enabler”, has installed pegboards throughout the garage for ever-increasing storage capacities.
Hanging curtains reveal even more boxes for other holiday decorations, including Easter and Independence Day.
Mr. Lillestrand also installed 88 feet of storage space by putting shelves on either side of the garage beams, built cabinets in the garage and two offices upstairs, and provided storage space in the hall. laundry room under the stairs for decoration storage which includes a playroom for the grandchildren.
“Loren is always willing to help me lift the heavy boxes that are just too heavy for me,” she said. “He is a master at finding crawl spaces or space under the stairs he builds for storage.”
The couple married in 2002 and have lived in their Chino Hills home since April 2003. Ms Nash is a community volunteer and is Chair of the Mayor of Chino Valley’s Prayer Luncheon Committee and Chair of Home Visitation for the Chino Hills Community Foundation.
Mr. Lillestrand has six children and Ms. Nash has one daughter. They have 12 grandchildren.