By Dave Crawley

NORTH HUNTINGDON (KDKA) — Bob and Cathy Rajcan, known to neighborhood kids as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have turned their home in North Huntingdon into a yuletide forest. Each November they put up 25 Christmas trees.

“This is my ‘teddy bear travels’ tree, Cathy says, entering the living room. “It”s decorated with bears.”

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And in the dining room: “This is our family Christmas tree. These are ornaments handed down to our family. They’re over 100 years old.”

She says the happy tradition began on a sad note, one Christmas Eve. “My mother passed away in 1988. And we had one tree. And since this was a sad holiday for us, we decided we wanted to make other people happy.”

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One family ornament is more 200 years old. The downstairs bar is filled with tiny Christmas trees and little Christmas houses. But do you put the eggnog?

Finally, we meet Bob “Santa” Rajcan himself. What does he think of his wife’s Christmas tree passion?

“It’s for my wife, and I love her,” he said. “She makes people smile. She makes people happy. And that’s what it’s all about.”

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