NEW ULM - Christmas music can be heard outside Willy and Stacy Osgood's home on the 1200 block of North Jefferson Street.
If you look closely, you can see a couple of nativity scenes on the front porch. Inside, you'll find nativity scenes just about everywhere - in the living room, on top of the television cabinet, on wreaths hanging on the wall.
In bedrooms upstairs and downstairs, you see nativity scenes, by themselves and nesteled among other buildings in a village of paper mache buildings on top of fluffy cotton used to simulate snow.
Staff photos by Fritz Busch
Stacy Osgood, above, is pictured with one of the larger nativity scenes she and her sister Willy have in their home on North Jefferson Street. The sisters say neighborhood children have counted more than 100 nativity scenes in their home.
White, red, yellow lights and red ribbons are hung from miniature Christmas trees and wreaths. Every room in the house have a number of nativity scenes and dozens of Christmas lights.
"It takes us 45 minutes to turn on the lights for all of them," Stacy Osgood said. "Children that visited our house said they counted 102 nativity scenes."
Besides large and small creches and lighted nativity scenes throughout the house, the scenes are found embroidered on pillows and table clothes, on plates, in "snow" globes and other places.
The nativity scenes, many of them lighted, some with cotton representing snow, are hanging from Christmas ornaments, on top of the television, in bedrooms, on the main floor and in the basement.
"We inherited some of them, that include antiques including one made in 1932 in Germany, from my mother (Evelyn Olson)," Stacy Osgood said. "We bought other ones while traveling, but most of what we have were given to us by family and friends."
The Osgoods are popular with neighborhood children, who regularly visit their home and look at their nativity figures and halloween scenes, depending upon the season.
When they aren't showing their nativity scenes around Christmas, you might find the Osgoods baking holiday cookies.
"We were part of the New Ulm Tour of Homes a few years ago," Stacy said. "It was a lot of fun. I wish they'd do it again."
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