2012-12-17 / Front Page

Over 40 Fully Decorated Christmas Trees Fill The Home Of Ron And Jean Jackson

by Michael Stanley Staff Writer


The spirit of the holiday season is alive and well at the Childers Road home of Ron and Jean Jackson. (Staff Photo) The spirit of the holiday season is alive and well at the Childers Road home of Ron and Jean Jackson. (Staff Photo) New exterior paint on the rural Childers Road home of Ron and Jean Jackson is a fitting shade of red as the couple warmly embrace another Christmas season.

Decorated in themes of Victorian, snowmen, sports, houses, children, grandchildren, nautical and birds to fruit, angels, TV and movies, the inside of the couple’s home is alive with the spirit of the season thanks to 42 different Christmas trees.

“It started out as kind of a friendly competition with my sister in Pennsylvania. I would have two trees, she would have three. I would have four trees, she would have five... she’s finally given up and I have too.”

After watching a recent television show about extreme holiday decorators, Jean has decided her love of the season isn’t nearly as over-the-top as some may think.


Ron and Jean Jackson have made their home in Montgomery Township since 1989 where Jean proudly assembles and displays what has grown to include more than 40 fully decorated Christmas trees. (Staff Photo) Ron and Jean Jackson have made their home in Montgomery Township since 1989 where Jean proudly assembles and displays what has grown to include more than 40 fully decorated Christmas trees. (Staff Photo) “There was a lady who had 168 trees, so 42 doesn’t sound so bad,” she laughed. “We could really use a second breaker box, but my husband isn’t going to do it. When I’m going to use my hair drier or run the sweeper, we have to turn some of the tree lights off.”

As for her favorite decorations, Jean is openly proud of her Dickens Village, which extends into three rooms of the home.

“The thing that enchants me the most are my little houses, I could leave those up all year round but then I’d be seen as a redneck and I don’t want that,” she smiled. “They are all Dickens Village Department 56. The first piece I got was Big Ben, but I also have Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, West Minster Abby... and I’ve been to all of those places.”


An array of Christmas trees fill the dining room area of Ron and Jean Jackson’s home on Childers Road. (Staff Photo) An array of Christmas trees fill the dining room area of Ron and Jean Jackson’s home on Childers Road. (Staff Photo) While Jean is the collector and has a strategic spot in the home for each item, she admits that she wouldn’t be able to accomplish the annual undertaking without Ron.

“If I didn’t have my husband, there’s no way. I do the decorating and this year my eight-yearold granddaughter helped me. She’s as meticulous as I am, so I’m training her,” she noted. “My older granddaughter helped a little, but she’s 12 and busier. My seven-year-old grandson, he helped a little in the dining room with the trees. As they get older I think they’ll help me more, hopefully. There is an attic over our kitchen and we have to pack everything up and put it in that attic, so I couldn’t do any of this without (Ron’s) help. On the eves are the ice sickle lights that he puts up – he does all the grunt work.”


With a few Christmas trees in the living room, Jean Jackson also has a large primary display of her Dickens Village. (Staff Photo) With a few Christmas trees in the living room, Jean Jackson also has a large primary display of her Dickens Village. (Staff Photo) Surprisingly, Jean’s children grew up with just one Christmas tree in their home in Shelbyville, Indiana.

“We’ve had different artificial trees over the years, but when we were in Shelbyville we started getting bald and burlap trees and we’d plant those,” she said. “I told Ron I’d like to get a bald and burlap tree out in front that we can decorate.”

Both Ron and Jean say the biggest reward is enjoying the holiday cheer with their grandchildren.

“I decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving, so on November 1st I start packing all of the Halloween stuff away and by Thanksgiving I have the living room tree up and the village up, but I still like to keep the Thanksgiving decorations up because I feel it’s a forgotten holiday and people don’t observe it like they should,” Jean explained. “It takes me a while and the older I get, the longer it takes. Usually our son and grandchildren come down on Christmas Eve and spend the day, then we spend Christmas day with our oldest boy and sometimes my sister will come over from Pennsylvania.”


Tastefully decorated Christmas trees can even be found inside the couple’s bathroom. (Staff Photo) Tastefully decorated Christmas trees can even be found inside the couple’s bathroom. (Staff Photo) Ron keeps his opinion of the extensive decorating simple. “It’s too much,” he said.

The pair moved to their Owen County home, built in 1876, in 1989 following the high school graduation of the couple’s youngest child.


A sports-theme Christmas tree featuring the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees is featured alongside a framed photograph of Ron and the late Yankee’s legend Mickey Mantle. (Staff Photo) A sports-theme Christmas tree featuring the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees is featured alongside a framed photograph of Ron and the late Yankee’s legend Mickey Mantle. (Staff Photo) “After we had a lot of remodeling done in 1995, I started getting more and more (Christmas) decorations. I’ve just steadily added... one tree is new this year. My friend from England gave me all of the fruit decorations she used to use to decorate her tree, so I had to go buy a new tree to put those on,” she said. “I think this is it, though, there is just no more room.”



A Victorian-theme Christmas tree in the master bedroom of Ron and Jean Jackson’s home is the favorite of the couple’s granddaughters. (Staff Photo) A Victorian-theme Christmas tree in the master bedroom of Ron and Jean Jackson’s home is the favorite of the couple’s granddaughters. (Staff Photo)

Likely the favorite exterior decoration of most visitors is this antique Santa Claus sleigh found on the couple’s front porch. (Staff Photo) Likely the favorite exterior decoration of most visitors is this antique Santa Claus sleigh found on the couple’s front porch. (Staff Photo)

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