82-year-old Collinsville man spreads Christmas joy with decorations

COLLINSVILLE, Texas (KXII) -- A Collinsville resident's Christmas decorations are catching the eyes of not only his neighbors, but of people from all over the globe.

With more than 100 decorations outside, at least 250 inside, not including ornaments on his indoor tree, 125 extension cords and countless lights, a Collinsville resident says he just wants to share his love of Christmas with everyone else.

And when this 82-year-old man builds it, the people come.

As people across the world prepare for Christmas, Collinsville resident Wayne McCorkle makes it his mission to spread holiday cheer, right here at home.

"I've been doing this for so long that I really enjoy it," McCorkle said. "And it thrills me when people come. Some people say 'you're crazy.' Well, I may be but I still enjoy it and as long as I enjoy it it's going to be that way."

For more than 20 years at 210 Stewart Street in Collinsville, McCorkle has decorated his home on the outside and on the inside.

He starts in August putting up every decoration from the roof, to the yard and even some inside his home by Thanksgiving night.

And he's 82 years old.

"It takes a little longer, but I'm pretty particular, and I have lot of offers to help me," McCorkle said. "But as long as I'm able to do it, I'd rather do it personally. And it gets bigger every year."

"I never thought somebody's that's 82 years old could do this much decorations and stuff," Whitesboro resident Steven Canady said.

McCorkle invites everyone right into his home, from longtime friends to complete strangers, and those who visit are left in awe.

"When you step inside, you're just like walking into a Christmas wonderland," said Whitesboro resident Tyler Williams. "I mean I have never seen so many decorations in my life."

McCorkle says he's collected decorations for more than 50 years.

Even though it raises his electric bill by about 500 dollars, "but that makes it worth every bit of work just what you saw a while ago them two little ones hugging me," McCorkle said.

For some, one visit just isn't enough.

"I wish I got to come over here every year," Williams said. "Every year."

"Well like I say just to make somebody happy and to enjoy it, that's my number one goal just for people to enjoy it," McCorkle said.

And if you want to see the decorations, you're in luck. McCorkle says he traditionally keeps them up until New Year's Eve.