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Christmas is a special time for Baie Verte woman

Coretta Stacey poses next to some pieces of what she refers to as her "global village." There are about 70 globes in this arrangement.
Coretta Stacey poses next to some pieces of what she refers to as her

About 120 snow globes are part of her decorations

BAIE VERTE, NL - For Coretta Stacey, Christmas in Baie Verte is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and to remember loved ones who have passed away.

Stacey grew up loving Christmas. Many of the traditions remind her of her father, the late Joseph Dugas.

 

Although one of the smallest of her arrangements, she really enjoys this one as it has some of her favorite globes and snow babies.
Although one of the smallest of her arrangements, she really enjoys this one as it has some of her favorite globes and snow babies.

 

Passionate about classic Christmas tunes, her favourite song is "Snoopy's Christmas."

"One of my dearest (childhood) memories is waking up to it on Dec. 1 when it would start playing on the radio," Stacey recalled. "When my dad would hear it, he would turn the radio in the kitchen up real loud so I could hear it."

Stacey's father died the same year her daughter Jenna was born. He never got to meet the now 14-year-old.

"Since (Jenna's) first Christmas in 2003, we have the night before Christmas Eve at nanny's house," Stacey said. "It's my time with my mom (Shirley Dugas). And Santa always made a stopover with Christmas jammies. And my nieces and nephews always joined us making cookies and watching Christmas movies."

A self-described "crazy Christmas lady," Stacey begins decorating her home for Christmas after Nov. 11.

While there's plenty of Christmas socks, shirts, sweaters and bed sheets in her home, her collection of about 120 Christmas snow globes are among her most cherished possessions.

Stacey started collecting snow globes as a teenager. Her first one was a gift from her father, and she says it will always be her favourite.

 

Stacey's first snow globe, centre, was a gift from her dad. The two globes on the sides are for her kids. These three special globes are front and center in the collection.
Stacey's first snow globe, centre, was a gift from her dad. The two globes on the sides are for her kids. These three special globes are front and center in the collection.

 

"Dad searched high and low for it," she said. "He bought me many more after that before he passed away. My mom bought me many, too. So now people know, if they are buying me something, that's the thing to pick up for me."

Stacey's snow globe collection remains on display until close to Easter.

"I have lights going through them and I weave (ornamental) snow through them so you don't see the wires," she said. "I'm really particular about them and I'm meticulous with them."

There are many treasures among Stacey's collection - including mementoes of her son Zakery, who died at just six months of age.

"I have picture globes of my daughter and my son and, in the middle, is the one my dad gave me," she said.

Zakery died in September before getting to celebrate a Christmas.

"That first Christmas I bought a little boot with a baby in it," she recalled. "It said 'Baby's First Christmas.' I have several ornaments on my tree that are strictly his. They are the centrepiece of my tree. I have my daughter's (ornaments) on it, too."

A liver transplant recipient, Stacey added another special keepsake to her tree a couple of years ago - a green ribbon in memory of her transplant donor.

Stacey also has a collection of over 50 snowmen. Her decorations - which take up a full room in the basement - are displayed both on the main level and downstairs in her home.

 

Many of the ornaments on Stacey's Christmas tree have a special meaning. Some are in memory of her son Zakery. After her liver transplant two years ago, she added a green ribbon for organ donation to remember the donor that saved her life.
Many of the ornaments on Stacey's Christmas tree have a special meaning. Some are in memory of her son Zakery. After her liver transplant two years ago, she added a green ribbon for organ donation to remember the donor that saved her life.

 

Her husband Charles Stacey brings everything upstairs for her, she said, and looks after putting the outside decor in place.

Stacey says it's the spirit of the season, and taking part in community activities, she enjoys the most.

"It's a magical time, people are so happy," she said. "You go to events and everybody's smiling. You just don't see as many sad faces at Christmas time ... I enjoy Christmas so much. I wish everybody could see it the way I do."

Stacey has passed her love of the holidays on to her daughter.

Jenna said Christmas is also her favourite time of year. Friends who visit her home are impressed by all the decorations, she says. Jenna's favourite ornaments are the picture snow globes of herself and Zakery.

When asked what she loves most about Christmas, Jenna speaks about the reason for the season.

"Christmas is the season of giving," she said. "I'm a strong believer in God and I love celebrating the fact that Jesus was born on (Christmas) Day. Everybody came to see him and that's very important to me."

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