Christmas has always been a special time for Marty Crumm and his family. He and his wife Pat, married for 41 years, have two children who are now grown… with kids of their own.
From his former home in Randolph County, to Mount Morris, P.A. Marty never stopped bringing the Christmas cheer. Now settled on a corner in Moundsville, their house is even more impressive on the inside than out.
“My wife, my wife’s the one who collected them and I just helped her with it. She uh, she started back in 1979, got a couple for Christmas and from then on she was hooked,” Crumm told 7News.
A collection so impressive, it spans this eight foot ladder Marty and Pat built this year. As well as a china cabinet, an antique refrigerator from Marty’s grandfather, and various other spaces throughout the house.
“My wife loved it, she wanted to see it all, she wanted it up and uh, we had it up Thanksgiving weekend,” Crumm said. “We didn’t get to go anywhere because she was sick, so…”
This year though, was the last that Marty and Pat would put the display up together. She passed away after bravely fighting an illness just last week. Marty says she fought until the very end, and he wanted to share her love for her Christmas village with all of you.
“With my wife just passing, I thought it would be nice for people to get some enjoyment out of it,” said Crumm.
Pat didn’t just cherish her collection of houses and figures. She loved setting the dining room table in their Victorian home for the Christmas season with their china from their wedding 41 years ago.
“She would tell me how to put the forks, you know,” Crumm said about how to set their dining room table.
And though this Christmas will be different for Marty, he’s surrounding himself with his large circle of family and friends.
“But Christmas, I’ve always believed in Santa, I still believe in Santa Claus,” Crumm told 7News. “He’s there, the spirit of Christmas and I’m just a kid at heart.”
Marty plans to keep the houses up all year long in memory of his wife.