HAMMOND, La. -- Mrs. Christmas lives in Hammond. Patsy Giannobile's house is unmistakable -- the decorated porch attracts neighbors, relatives and friends.
'It's magical, and it gives me pleasure to see all the magic in their faces when they see it,' said Patsy.
Inside every room is a Christmas wonderland, crammed with holiday villages, hand-made garlands and gaily decorated Christmas trees everywhere you look.
When asked how many trees she has in her home, '25 trees,' answered Patsy. She says she isn't crazy and that putting up the trees begins in October.
There's the Pink Tree, with family pictures, the Swarovski Crystal Tree, the Hallmark Tree, with over 360-ornaments, the library has two trees, the Midas tree is Gold, the Bingle tree brings back memories for New Orleanians, even the bathroom has a tree.
'Every inch of the house has Christmas in it,' said Patsy. 'They come out in awe,' she has when people use the bathroom and see the tree in it.
And in the living room, a huge 12-foot tree, they call it the Family Tree.
And that's not all. There's the Hammond and Slidell Landmarks Tree, the Mardi Gras Tree, there's Hunter Tree, the Seashell Tree, and each tree has a hidden surprise for the kids, including a nativity scene on one from their very first year of marriage.
'It's 41 years old,' said Patsy. 'We got married in October of 1971, and we went to the old Schwegmann's store on Westbank Expressway, and that's where we bought this nativity from.'
They have so many they don't even add some of the trees to the official count.
'This is one of my favorites because my mom actually made all of these little ornaments,' said daughter Jennifer, 'and I can remember as a kid, helping her with all the sequins and sewing.'
The Christmas Past Ornaments tree is in the hall, and in the bedroom, the Victorian Romance tree, husband Frank's favorite. 'We leave that tree up all year, the only one,' grinned Frank.
'It's a wonderful thing. I tell people a lot of times everyone should have a tree in their bedroom.'
And that's the Christmas spirit, Louisiana style.