- Title: German couple decorate home with over 100 Christmas trees
- Date: 11th December 2016
- Summary: RINTELN, GERMANY (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF HOUSE WITH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS DECORATIONS AND "MERRY CHRISTMAS" SIGN ON HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREES WITH LIGHTS IN CORRIDOR TREE COLLECTOR THOMAS JEROMINE TURNING ON LIGHTS CANDLE DECORATION LIGHTING UP ROOM FILLED WITH CHRISTMAS TREES TREE DECORATION CHRISTMAS TREE BAUBLE (SOUNDBITE) (German) TREE COLLECTOR, THOMAS JEROMINE, SAYING: "I always loved Christmas, all the glitter and baubles, trees, ornaments. And of course we started off with a normal Christmas tree in the living room as you'd expect. And then we thought we could put one in the hallway, one in the kitchen, and over the last five years it's exploded." CORRIDOR FILLED WITH CHRISTMAS TREES (SOUNDBITE) (German) TREE COLLECTOR, THOMAS JEROMINE, SAYING: "It takes us eight weeks to set it all up. We start at the beginning of October with the trees, working out where they should go - the arrangement is different every year. This tree here for example wasn't here last year, it was somewhere else. But I found this corner too bare and so we had to put a tree there. And then you find the right one and put it in place." MODEL TRAIN GOING ALONG TRACK VARIOUS OF TREES VARIOUS OF DECORATIONS ON TREES VARIOUS OF JEROMINE SHOWING DECORATIONS (SOUNDBITE) (German) TREE COLLECTOR, SUSANNE JEROMINE, SAYING: "That's our bedroom, and that's how it will stay because at some point we decided nothing should go in there, because you don't have to show your bedroom to everyone. It's our retreat for when we've had enough of Christmas. And nothing will go in there, fortunately that's been decided." THOMAS JEROMINE WALKING THROUGH KITCHEN WITH DECORATIONS BISCUITS ON PLATE / DECORATIONS DECORATED BATHROOM WITH SANTA CLAUS TOILET LID VARIOUS OF THOMAS JEROMINE ARRANGING DECORATIONS TREES BAUBLE WITH WRITING (German) "MERRY CHRISTMAS"
- Embargoed: 26th December 2016 16:10
- Keywords: Christmas tree decorations collection
- Location: RINTELN, GERMANY
- City: RINTELN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA0015CFVPZT
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- Story Text: In the small German town of Rinteln, one couple has pulled out all the stops when it comes to their Christmas decorations.
From the outside, Thomas and Susanne Jeromine's house doesn't look out of the ordinary, with only a few modest decorations. But inside, it is filled to the rafters with Christmas trees - over 100 in all, crammed into the 105 square metres of space. They are adorned with twinkling fairy lights, ornaments and around 16,000 baubles.
The collection started small but has grown rapidly over the last few years - and it's made the couple into local celebrities.
"I always loved Christmas, all the glitter and baubles, trees, ornaments. And of course we started off with a normal Christmas tree in the living room as you'd expect. And then we thought we could put one in the hallway, one in the kitchen, and over the last five years it's exploded," Thomas Jeromine told Reuters.
It takes the couple eight weeks to get the house ready for the Christmas period. They begin putting up decorations in early October, filling every room except for their bedroom.
"It's our retreat for when we've had enough of Christmas. And nothing will go in there, luckily that's been decided," Susanne Jeromine said.
But other than the bedroom, the Christmas paraphernalia is everywhere you look - right down to a Santa Claus toilet seat in the bathroom.
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