From the outside, it looks like the house of St. Nicholas, we can only assume that if he walks in, he will be impressed.
For Dirk and Barbara van Acken, Christmas is a special moment of the year. The couple like to show their love for the holiday so that everyone can see it.
The entire house is decorated with lanterns, gingerbread, life-size Santa Claus, etc. – all in the 1,022 square foot house in Oberhausen, Germany.
The first step in Christmas Paradise is pure sensory overload.
Every corner is flashing with shimmering light and gingerbread traces.
It’s hard to tell where the couple is sleeping and if there is room in the kitchen to cook.
The kitchen and dining room are decorated with decorations.
The first question people ask is, “Do you cook too?” Dirk said. “This is not impossible, but it is a bit tricky.”
Christmas fans got married in 2009. Since then, they have been decorating their houses every year.
They assume they have accumulated about 2,700 decorations.
The couple began renovations one month before Christmas.
“Of course, it started much earlier because we had to exclude everything,” Dirk said. “In the summer, we will do crafts or do some Christmas puzzles.”
They spent summer cleaning supplies, including stuffed animals and blankets.
“Everything needs to be prepared,” Dirk said.
They even show their homes to tourists. Adults enjoy mulled wine.
Everything is free because they like to do it.
“The best payment is when the family comes with the children, you can see the happiness in the eyes of the children,” Dirk said.
But Christmas is not part of their daily work. Dirk is an elderly nurse and Barbara works in a store. But all their enthusiasm is integrated into the home decoration.
The couple also have time to enjoy the lights and holiday decorations.
Barbara said: “After you work for 10 hours, you can really relax.” “You turn on the lights and have a glass of hot wine or hot chocolate.”