Herald JournalHerald Journal Holiday Guide, Dec. 2, 2002

Lachermeiers enjoy decorating for the holidays

By Ryan Gueningsman

Eleven years ago when Bernie and Sally Lachermeier moved to Winsted from their family farm, they knew they had to keep their tradition of decorating their home for the holidays.

Seven Winter Festival lighting contest grand prizes later, the Lachermeiers are making their home one of the most lighted and decorated on the west end of town.

"It started out with stars on the house," Sally said. "As children, we used to light lamps for the holiday season to help the Christ child on his way."

The Lachermeiers go back and forth every year ­ one year more, one year less, than the next more etc., Bernie said.

"At first we decorated way too much," he said, "but we have cut back now."

They always begin their decorating Oct. 15 each year. Most of the work is done by their three children,  Bill, Bob, and John, and their families.

"The boys come over," Bernie said, "and we have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild."

"We're a little late in getting decorations up this year because of our trip to Branson," Bernie said.

Bernie was born in Winsted, was one of 10 children, and farmed all of his life until he retired and moved to town 11 years ago.

He has been married to Sally for 57 years. Sally grew up in Hollywood Township, and went to school at Watertown. She was a school teacher for several years, and also worked at the Winsted creamery for several summers before becoming a stay-at-home mother.

Christmas has been one of their favorite seasons since they can remember, Sally said. "The tree goes up before Thanksgiving and stays until the end of February."

"Sally decorates it every year," Bernie said, "and each year, it's more and more beautiful."

"Christmas is family," Bernie said. "It's a real special time of the year for us."

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