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Carmel Couple's Cherished Traditions Keep Holiday Magic Alive For Family

Ed and Lenore Lundberg sit next to their Santa collection - one of many holiday traditions that keeps the holiday spirit flowing. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Lenore Lundberg with her prized Santa collection. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Ed and Lenore Lundberg at their Carmel home. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Lundberg's Cornish Road home has been getting lit at the holidays for more than 50 years. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

CARMEL, N.Y. - Like so many families, Lenore and Ed Lundberg of Carmel keep the Christmas spirit alive and well with a number of long-standing traditions that have become a way of life.

Lenore Lundberg started decorating her Cornish Road home with lights more than 50 years ago - when it became her family's go-to meeting spot for Christmas celebrations, gift exchanges and dinners.

"Once the whole family started coming here for Christmas, we wanted it to be the Christmas House," Lundberg told Daily Voice. "Ed does all the outside lights, and our son-in-law and grandsons do the lights on the roof."

Now the light display has grown, Lenore's prized Santa collection has all but taken over the family's living room, and the growing list of dinner guests fills overflowing tables in three rooms.

Lenore makes sure the inside of the house is decked out from head to toe, with her Santa collection - which includes Santas from as far away as Russia - taking center stage.

"We put in the double mantle in 2007, so the display looks nicer," Lundberg said. "But I've been collecting them for 50 years plus. At this point they have to be pretty special, because I'm out of room. But the family really likes them, and Ed and I really enjoy them."

The Lundberg's favorite time? The quiet moments, of course.

When all the chaos has settled, the couple - 79 and 78 - like to sit in their living room with only the tree lights and the Santas lit, and enjoy the quiet, magical atmosphere of a old-fashioned, country Christmas.

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