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Church now home to extensive holiday displays

A labor of love for one Belle Center woman is the envy of anyone for whom this is their favorite time of year.

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ABOVE: Denise South poses next to some of her Christmas decorations inside her remodeled residence, the former Belle Center Reformed Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Buckeye St. Mrs. South heavily decorates the former church, where she now lives, each Christmas. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Decorations are featured in the lawn of the former church. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

Denise South resides at 201 E. Buckeye St., Belle Center, in a dwelling previously used as house for worship, not a house where people slept, showered and cooked breakfast.

And she just loves transforming the expansive space into a Christmas haven for the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

A glance inside the front door reveals a residence garnished side-to-side, top-to-bottom with many assorted Christmas decorations.

The decorated church features numerous Christmas trees. Gifts for friends, family and visitors dot the dining and family rooms.

Some Santas dance about. Others sing. Red streamers hang from the ceilings.

An entire section of her family room has been dedicated to a “winter wonderland” with elves and model gingerbread houses and cotton, resembling snow.

Attention to painstaking detail is important.

“This is not something we did in a day,” she said. “The winter wonderland area with the elves took weeks by itself.”

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