"I love kids, I guess I'm a kid at heart, Judy said. "I loved decorating when the kids were little and I remember thinking, as soon as I can decorate for myself, I can really go at it."
"I love Christmas, Even if no one came over, I'd still do it." It takes about four days to get the house decorated, Judy estimated, adding, "I couldn't do it without George." There's a lot of decorating to do, with seven Christmas trees, garland above the windows, candles, wreaths, a Thomas Kincaide village on the mantle, a collection of plush snowmen, ceramic angels and more. Judy tries to locate a Nativity scene near each of the trees - the family tree in the parlor, the camel tree in the dining room, the Bichon in the back dining room, the Victorian and teddy bear trees upstairs, the guest room tree and circus tree in the attic room. And they are still not done - still to come is the sleigh, that George will put on the front lawn
She starts putting up the decorations around Thanksgiving and takes them down about a week after New Year's, Judy said. And there's no putting the trees away "as is" -- she and George take down and carefully wrap each ornament or object.
But it's all worth it to the Wortleys. As George put it, "It's about the warmth and beauty about the real light of the lights, Jesus."
Story, photos by Lorri Sughroue. McCook Daily Gazette