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As well several to depend: Eudora couple have 64-12 months selection of Xmas ornaments, collectible figurines and decor | News, Sports, Positions


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Santa Claus collectible figurines dressed as doctors, miners, fishermen and other people are grouped with each other on a eating place cupboard in the household of Chris and Jess Appodaca.


Chris Appodaca received her first Xmas decoration at the age of 3. Now, 64 yrs later, she has too several to rely.

There is the line of vintage cookie tins earlier mentioned the kitchen cabinets and the cookie jars above the kitchen area windows. There is the circumstance of Santa milk jugs and mugs in the dining home and the handmade quilts on the partitions. On her grandmother’s aged stove rests hundreds of Santa figurines.

Appodaca estimates they have all over 3,000 Xmas collectible figurines, ornaments and decorations. Her husband, Jess Appodaca, claims it’s more like 4,000.

“I experimented with to rely them just one time and gave up,” he reported.

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Chris, still left, and Jess Appodaca are pictured in their Eudora household on Dec. 16 with section of their assortment of Santa collectible figurines and decorations behind them. Chris holds the couple’s canine, Itty-Bitty.

Getting into the Appodaca domestic involving the months of November and January is like stepping into a Xmas-themed antique retail store, with thousands of decorations on all offered surfaces.

Any other time of the year, they guarantee, the dwelling seems pretty standard.

Chris, who is the mom of Eudora mayor Tim Reazin, stated her fascination with the decorations was cultivated from a young age. She grew up in a doing the job class spouse and children in Lindsborg, and however she did not constantly receive a great deal of Xmas presents, her mom would often get her an ornament or some kind of Christmas decoration. Over the decades, her assemblage grew, and Chris started shopping for much more on her travels.

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A eating desk set for a Christmas food is surrounded by a home comprehensive of some of Chris and Jess Appodaca’s collection of Santa collectible figurines and decorations. Chris suggests she begins decorating with their Santa selection as early as Halloween. The Appodacas live in Eudora’s Prairie Estates neighborhood.

There was a whole lot to just take in as she and Jess showed the Journal-World around their house in Eudora’s Prairie Estates neighborhood lately. But although Chris is a collector, she’s not a hoarder, she reported. The Appodaca residence and its extreme Christmas decorations are perfectly-structured.

“This is three generations of ornaments on this tree,” Chris said of a big Xmas tree in the couple’s living place that had hundreds of ornaments handed down from Chris’ mother and grandmother, as properly as her personal collection.

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Two Xmas trees, a chair total of Xmas stockings and Santa wall hangings adorn the Appodacas’ dwelling home in their Eudora dwelling.

Quite a few of Chris’ trees are distinguished by variety of ornament. On a different, smaller sized tree in the kitchen area are ornaments that have been given to Chris by buddies. In an extra tree in the dwelling room are all of Chris’ ornaments built by the late wooden carver Peter Engler. And in the basement — sure, there’s a further complete flooring — there’s a Barbie-themed tree, a searching-themed tree and a tree loaded with Swedish ornaments.

There is also a portion of the basement with undecorated trees, to give that segment far more of a “woodsy” come to feel, Chris claimed.

As for the collectible figurines, Chris has individuals separated as perfectly. A single team of compact figurines Chris calls the “tinies.” These embellish a smaller stand-by yourself cabinet in the kitchen. Another team, in the eating area, are Santas who are dressed up in the garments of unique professions, like medical doctors, miners and fishermen.

This 12 months, it took Chris and Jess about a month to set all the decorations up. They started all-around Halloween.

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Chris and Jess Appodaca estimate they have above 3,000 Santa collectible figurines in their Christmas selection.

The Appodacas store their Christmas things in substantial storage spots in their basement. Each 12 months, there are excess matters they aren’t in a position to put up. Up right up until 2016, they lived in a bigger home in Salina, and their Eudora decorations are “not even close to what we did (there),” Chris claimed.

The storage regions are also significant adequate to keep the couple’s home furnishings. When the holiday seasons come around each individual calendar year, they swap out their pieces so that they can have red and inexperienced chairs in the dwelling area to match the decor.

When asked about her preferred decorations, Chris as opposed it to having to decide on a favored kid. But she did say she specially likes her Santa cookie jars, because it’s tough to come across people in excellent problem. Chris is also a enthusiast of Hallmark’s Xmas collectible figurines and has been amassing selected objects — this kind of as their Barbies and football players — for over 25 many years.

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The Appodacas’ Xmas selection also features a wide assortment of tree ornaments like this a single of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, as effectively as other professional activity figures to attract the interest of their grandchildren.

Chris claimed she planned to give some of her decorations to her son and 4 grandsons, but she and Reazin have also deemed developing some variety of Xmas museum.

Even although Chris has hundreds of decorations, when she can take them out she remembers each just one, she stated. And if she drops one particular?

“I cry,” she said, without hesitation.

It’s really hard for Chris to keep in mind particularly the place some particular figurines are immediately after she places them out, but she experienced no issues acquiring the particular figurine her grandmother gave her all those years in the past.

It all started with a little Santa candle that Chris retains in the middle of a team of Santa figurines on an outdated stove in the kitchen. The 64-12 months-aged candle is now faded, but if you turn it in excess of, the unique rate tag is nevertheless there — a 39-cent present that encouraged a life span selection.

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A large selection of Santa cookie jars line a high shelf in the couple’s kitchen area.

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An antique glass screen case incorporates a assortment of the Appodacas’ ceramic Santa mugs and collectible figurines.

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One of various Outdated World Christmas glass light-weight ornaments from Germany decorates a eating home cupboard in the Appodacas’ property.

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A Santa ceramic centerpiece rests on the couple’s eating table ready for a Christmas food.