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ESCONDIDO (CBS 8) - Greg and Bev Forman have traditionally decorated the front yard of their Escondido hilltop house, but it's only a wisp of the wonderland that lies within. Inside, Christmas inhabits, invades, and engulfs every inch from floor to ceiling, and the residents will admit to being noel nuts.

"In the past two and a half years, we went crazy. So now I get to relive my childhood," Bev said.

Each room is a whirling, twirling, dancing, prancing fairyland of whimsy and wonder. Santa's sleigh flies and there's enough handmade garland to wrap the entire north pole. Even the numbers don't tell the whole story.

"We have eight trees," Bev said.

Including one that hangs upside down.

"And the snowing tree. The kids love the snowing tree," Bev said.

Christmas comes early to Greg and Bev's home.

"This year, on September 26 we started bringing stuff from one storage unit," Bev said.

The Formans confess to having three storage units, and they are building another one.

"Yeah, we're crazy," Bev said.

They even dress up like Mr. and Mrs. Claus to celebrate the season and make it special for the grandchildren.

"We get pleasure out of doing it for ourselves, but why go through all of this and not share it?" Bev said.

It all started less than three years ago with a couple elves and ferries.

"Initally I thought they were pretty ugly, but they do grow up you," Bev said.

The celebration extends into the backyard, where four Christmas trains add to the festivities.

"And at night time, it's just unbelievable," Greg said.

Christmas comes but once a year.

"We'll take it down the week after New Year's," Bev said.

But on this Escondido hilltop, it won't be soon forgotten.

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