Garden City Christmas House couple ending tradition this year after 60 years of decorating

Last year of the Garden City Christmas House
Posted at 6:55 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 17:26:00-05

GARDEN CITY, Mich. (WXYZ) — “The Love of Christmas. It’s just a magical time! ” said Marguerite Boyce.

“We get Christmas cards, we get thank yous,” said Marguerite. "We started in '59,” said Marguerite Boyce.

Marguerite and Richard Boyce started a tradition that was rooted in their love for each other. Family, faith, fellowship and the holiday spirit.

Hence, the Garden City Christmas house was born!

“Happiness is what God wants, us to be happy. You’re supposed to enjoy life,” said Marguerite.

“Tell me how young you are Mama,” asked 7 Action News reporter Andrea Isom.

“I’m 86. And Dad, how are you?” said Marguerite, looking over at her husband, Richard.

“87?” replied Richard.

“89, honey!” Marguerite corrected as she giggled.

They still laugh like children. After 68 years of marriage and 10 kids of their own, 25 grandkids and 21 great-grandkids.

Every ornament, trinket, toy, Santa and twinkling light has been for all of them and their community too!

This has grown into something iconic, celebrated and honored in Wayne County, Garden City and beyond.

“We have been in Nevada and we’ve had people say, ‘Oh, you’re from Garden City?” You ought to go see that house on Maplewood.’” said Marguerite.

After 60 years, the end of an era is finally here.

“Why is it time to slow down?” Isom asked.

“Cause we’re getting too old to participate in the doing it,” explained Marguerite.

“I don’t climb on a chair much anymore,” said Richard.

“I don’t allow him to!” added Marguerite.

The Boyces will keep some decorations in the future, but not too much.

“We will have the nativity. It means a lot to us and then probably the choir because the choir stands for the 10 children,” said Marguerite.

“We’ve been blessed. God has blessed us so greatly,” Marguerite added.

Blessings the Boyces have so graciously shared with all of you!

Merry Christmas from Garden City, Michigan!