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Stevensville: A magical Christmas village

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A Tifton woman has taken Christmas decorations to the next level. Margaret Stevens has built an entire Christmas Village in her dining room. The massive display has become a tourist attraction, and her son was her inspiration.

Welcome to the magical Christmas village of Stevensville. Here, you'll find everything your heart desires.

High up in the snowy mountains, you'll find skiers. Down low in the valley, you'll find dogs, playgrounds and a train.

The woman behind this masterpiece is Margaret Stevens, a Tifton nurse who's been building this village for months his inside her Tifton home.

"The size of it is really what shocks most folks they've never seen something of this magnitude inside of a person's home," Stevens said.

Now, it's so big it takes up the entire dining room.  "We are at 6.5 feet wide and 18.5 feet long."

For 15 years, she's collected over 100 houses and countless figurines that make up this massive display.  "My favorite is the lighthouse that shows Jesus is the light of the world."

But it all started with three houses her 22-year-old son Brad Stevens gave her for Christmas in 1997.  "I started building it on the piano and it got bigger and bigger."

Two years later he was killed in a car accident. "He was just always a special young 'n.

I always heard you will never grow up you're always going to be a child. I didn't know he would forever be 24."

Kids never have to grow up in Stevensville.  "When I'm building this it makes me feel close to Brad."

Now "Stevensville" has become a popular attraction. She's opened her dining room town up for anyone who wants to see.  "I've had two buses of churches that come at one time."

She also uses it as a way to teach kids about the meaning of Christmas. "It gives me an opportunity to show them what Christmas is all about which is really about Christ's birth." 

It's hard to focus on just one part of the massive village. "Stevensville, I can display anything I want."

And for her, spreading the Christmas joy to kids makes her massive display worthwhile.

She's not taking the village down this year. So anyone is welcome to come by and visit. She asks you call 229-396-5309 first.

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