This Cedar Rapids home goes all out for Christmas decorations

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A Christmas tree and other decorations in the Four Seasons Room at Shannon Hall, northeast of Cedar Rapids. Hall pulls out all the stops to decorate Christmas. It has an extensive collection of decorations. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

For most people, home decorating for Christmas probably involves a tree, a room, and a weekend. Some people place decorations in additional rooms. Others, well – they just do more. This group includes Shannon Hall. This year’s decorations involve six Christmas trees, five bedrooms plus the entrance and two to three weeks of non-stop work.

In her eyes, “you can never have too much,” Hall, 59, said of the Christmas decorations. “The more, the better.”

Seeing the decorations so impressed neighbor Martha Booth that she recommended Hall’s house for an article in The Gazette.

“It tastes so good and everything is beautifully done. He is an asset to our neighborhood,” Booth said.

Hall has rows of shelves in the basement storing Christmas decoration items. Pictures attached to the outside of the boxes help easily identify the items, he said. When he was growing up, Hall said the family’s Christmas decor could fit in three medium boxes.

A storefront and decorated Christmas tree at the Shannon Hall home in northeast Cedar Rapids. Hall has an extensive collection of decorations to match each year’s theme. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Hall starts decorating right after Halloween. This means first removing everything from shelves, cabinets and table tops. Although it might seem like a chore to some, Hall said “it’s not a job if you enjoy it.” After many trips up the stairs, Hall can stop to appreciate the decorations.

A Christmas tree ornament and lights on a tree at the Shannon Hall home in northeast Cedar Rapids. Hall decorates every year for Christmas. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

A dripping garland of red and gold ornaments adorns the sash windows in the living room. Gold and white cutlery, embellished with a crystal knife rest, sparkle in the dining room. Small red berries burst on the branches of a flocked Christmas tree in the family room.

Santa Claus with children figurine. Shannon Hall shops at thrift stores and on eBay for her Christmas decorations. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The birds nest in the tree as well as the birdhouses and nests in the four seasons room. Decals transform a white refrigerator door into a snowman silhouette. White lights wrap around the front window frames like lines of icing on the gingerbread houses in the kitchen.

Booth’s reaction to the decorations: admiration, she says. Her favorite part is all the different trees, each of which has a different theme.

A Nativity scene at the home of Shannon Hall in northeast Cedar Rapids. Hall has an extensive collection of decorations to match each year’s theme. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Hall’s penchant for Christmas decorations began in childhood. Every year, Hall, his mother and sister would drive and watch the lights in the Quad Cities area. They saw elaborate Christmas displays. He then vowed to spread more Christmas cheer. “If I ever had the means to do it, I would,” Hall said.

A Christmas-themed table in the dining room of the Shannon Hall house northeast of Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

He fulfilled his wish. Hall even went so far as to have the wiring of a previous house redone to light it up.

One of Shannon Hall’s latest acquisitions on display in the living room of her northeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

A Christmas tree ornament and lights on a tree at the Shannon Hall home in northeast Cedar Rapids. Hall decorates every year for Christmas. Hall has an extensive collection of decorations to match each year’s theme. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Hall began his collection in 1982. It took some time to develop. At the time, Hall says, he had a skinny tree. He continues to buy more decorations but not during the season, he said. “I don’t look at labels, prices, trends,” he said. “If I like it, I buy it.”

Santa Claus prepares to down a chimney figurine at the Shannon Hall home in northeast Cedar Rapids. Hall shops at thrift stores and on eBay for her Christmas decorations. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

All the sparkle, sparkle and shine, as Hall described it, didn’t cloud the Christmas spirit. Decorations “mean nothing if you don’t have family and friends,” Hall said.

These deer figurines were the first purchased by Shannon Hall, starting his own Christmas collection, when he lived with his sister in the early/mid-1980s. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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