Christmas decorations take over Regina man's home
Duncan Noel Campbell is a self-proclaimed 'yule lunatic'
A Regina man's hobby has turned him into a self-proclaimed "yule lunatic."
"I've always loved Christmas," Duncan Noel Campbell said.
It was about 30 years ago, Campbell said, that he wanted something to focus on as he shopped at garage sales.
"And I decided, oh, I'll just focus on antique Christmas decorations and then it kind of took off," Campbell explained.
Now, Campbell's home turns into a hub of holiday cheer filled with more decorations than he can count.
"I have absolutely no idea how many decorations I have. The only thing I can quantify is the number of lights on the tree. It's a personal best this year and it's 5,200," he said.
Different areas of the home have taken on themes, like the Santa mantel, the snowman village on the TV cabinet and reindeer, angels and elves in the dining room.
Campbell's Christmas tree is massive. With eight-foot-three-inch ceilings, Campbell said he buys a tree that's eight to nine feet tall. He also does a hug test, making sure that when he puts his arms around the wrapped-up tree, his hands are still far apart.
With the weight of the tree and its decorations, Campbell has eye hooks in the adjacent walls that he puts a rope through, wrapping it around the trunk to keep the tree in place.
There's a variety of items that make it on the tree.
"There's a combination of homemade ornaments, antique ornaments, new ornaments, anything that strikes my fancy," he said.
With all the power needed to run the lights, he had to get a friend who is an electrician to put in a breaker Campbell could dedicate to the tree alone.
Campbell admitted that he likely won't stop acquiring more holiday items.
"There's always room for another ornament on the tree. We're not going to move. We can't really fit … a bigger tree but I could probably cram another few hundred more on that tree if I had to."