Holiday Lights for Everyone

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

The word ‘welcome’ is not just a word on a sign at the Knopp's home-- it really has meaning.

"My husband's name is Simon 'Welcome' Knopp. Welcome is his name and his mom named him Welcome. It just makes me cry," Patsy Knopp said.

The Knopps have been bringing people into their home during the holidays since their marriage 50 years ago. But it's in the past 20 years that the public has taken more interest.

"Oh, I love to do this. I do it for my friends and they love to come and see it. I invite a lot of people," Knopp said.

Since 1983, The Knopps have been decorating their house with different Christmas themes. Patsy Knopp has gone as far as putting up seven Christmas trees throughout the 18-room home and each tree has a special reminder attached.

"My friend gave me an angel one year for Christmas and I thought it was a god idea. She's like an angel to me so I thought I’ll just do an angel tree. It's in her honor because she was the one who gave it to me," she said.

One of the biggest attractions at the Knopp's home is a snow machine in their 1899 carriage house.

"The snow machine is a real delight for the children. Tonight everyone has been out there watching it snow, including you," she said.

Knopp has a way of bringing the kid out in you. Visitor Donna Kocka agrees.

"My children have walked around with their mouths open looking at the beautiful lights and the angels on the trees and the snow falling from the ceiling. I think it is wonderful," Kocka said.

Knopp said she does not know how many lights she has up and she would not say how much her electric bill runs this time of the year. She said her husband doesn't complain, so this tradition will keep going for years to come.


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