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Family turns home into winter wonderland to help children

At a home where Christmas cheer can't be missed, MariaRosa and Nick Berweiler spend weeks preparing for visitors. The family, who lives on Tuscaloosa Lane in Lexington, create an indoor and outdoor display each year for the public to enjoy.

"The reason is to spread joy. To show people that you can buy decorations, you can buy lights, but when you come in here it's impossible to not sort of catch that Christmas feeling, that magic that Christmas brings," says MariaRosa Berweiler.

This Saturday night, the Berweilers will open up their home. The entrance fee into the winter wonderland is a children's toy, that will later be donated to the Kentucky Children's Hospital at UK. The Berweilers started this donation drive after befriending a young girl named Jillian, a patient there, who died more than a year ago from lung cancer.

"For what they go through and the inspiration and the lessons that we can learn from those children and their tenacity and their joy and their will, and that's the one thing that I learned from Jillian, that no matter what you're going through, to remain joyful," says Berweiler.

The couple's been collecting Christmas memorabilia for about two decades. They just recently started their toy drive, and they're hoping to get more than a hundred gifts to give out this year.

If you'd like to attend the open house on Tuscaloosa Lane in Lexington, it begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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