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Home a holiday hub
Woman’s vision enlivens village
Forsyth County resident Deborah Marling’s Christmas village has more than 400 structures and 1,000 figures. - photo by Autumn McBride
Think your Christmas decorations are festive? Deborah Marling’s collection is downright impressive.With more than 400 structures and 1,000 figures, her holiday village has grown to what some would say is a small country.“My Christmas village stays up all year and I’ve been collecting since I was 14,” Marling said.She had a special area built in her north Forsyth home for the village, which includes a mountain, harbor and, of course, the North Pole.Moving pieces — including cable cars, skiers and children throwing snowballs — are among her grandchildren’s favorites. The village also features a casino, bakeries, drug stores, post office, fire department, police station and a moving train.“At this point, if I want to buy something new, I’d have to condemn a house,” she said.