83-year-old Collinsville man shares holiday cheer with decorated home

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COLLINSVILLE, Texas (KXII) -- One home in Collinsville has been catching everyone's attention every holiday season for decades.

This is Wayne McCorkle's home during the day ... But at night this home turns into a winter wonderland.

With more than 1,000 Christmas decorations, 148 batteries, 125 extension cords and nearly a 500 dollar increase in his electric bill, the 83-year-old Collinsville resident says it's all worth it.

"It's bigger than it's ever been, put it that way. This year's bigger, the outside's bigger, the inside's bigger," McCorkle said.

Most people start preparing for Christmas after Thanksgiving, but McCorkle gets in the holiday spirit in the dog days of summer.

"Well I start decorating in August, it takes the whole time to get it all done and I do every little of it of it myself," McCorkle said.

And for more than 20 years, at 210 Stewart Street in Collinsville, McCorkle has invited anyone and everyone into his home.

"This was the first year that we went inside, we go every year to look at the lights but this was the first year we went inside," said Deeann Smith.

But Deann Smith says the decorations aren't the only thing locals love about their most festive neighbor.

"Just his enthusiasm. He just loves it and he loves sharing it with everybody," Smith said.

McCorkle says his doors will be open to all the rest of this week - and even on Christmas Day.

"I bet there's not one out of five that comes in but I'm always thrilled when they do," McCorkle said.

You'll find McCorkle's home decorated up until December 31st.

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