ROCK HILL, S.C. — Cathy Griffin loves Christmas so much, she’s filled her Rock Hill home with nearly 200 trees.
“184 trees,” she laughed. “139 Santas.”
Many of the trees are themed.
“We’ve got the teacher tree, cowboy tree, pirate tree, Clemson tree, Star Wars tree, Elvis tree, It’s a Wonderful Life tree, candy cane tree,” Cathy rattled off. “It’s just such a nice place to be.”
Cathy leaves the lights on 24/7. A call from the power company has become yet another Christmas tradition.
“York Electric Co-op called and said we think there might be a problem, your usage just went sky high, we don’t know what’s going on,” Cathy said. “We said, well, yeah we know what’s going on!”
Cathy said she dresses her home like a Christmas storybook not only because of her love of the holiday but her love of family.
“I want my kids to always think of this as home. Even though they all have their own homes and their own families this is still home," the grandmother of six said.
All of the decorations make the house on Melrose and Ridgemont feel like home.
“My kids grew up loving it and now my grandkids love it,” Cathy said.
21 stockings hang on the mantel, one for every family member who will soon spend Christmas there.
“People ask what do you want for Christmas? This is what I want for Christmas," said Cathy.
Cathy said the decor is all for the pitter patter of little feet and beaming smiles.
“It’s a gift for my children and now for my grandchildren,” she said.
The goodbyes are hard. But Grandma knows her family will be home for Christmas. After all, it’s pretty hard to miss.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Cathy beamed.