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Norwalk, CT | Added on December 17, 2013 At 04:38 PM

For many Norwalk children, a visit to this Christmas village is like visiting Santa Claus himself.

Rick Setti said, "You cannot explain the look on their face when they see this for the first time. That kind of gave us more inspiration to do more and more and more." 

For 25 years, Rick and Joan Setti have set up their Christmas village on Midwood Road, for residents young and old to enjoy.

Rick's wife Joan Setti said, "The kids. It makes them happy and their eyes just light up."

Decorating the house started off as a challenge. Joan said "Rick would criticize my decorations when we first got together so I said if you can do better than go ahead."

The Village is now a one and half acre winter wonderland, with over 700 handmade wooden figures.

Grace who visited the Village in the snow says, "It's just so cute here. Henry, who is my little brother, really loves it.  It's almost like you are stepping into the North Pole a little bit. There are lights everyone and it's like picturing what it would actually be like there."

Margaret Kozlark of Norwalk says, "I really like the fact that we can come here and it's very family friendly. I think it's amazing that the Setti's open their home like this to everybody. It's become a community thing, people come and help set up and we usually bring a donation every time we come. It's just a nice family activity."

The Setti's say the Village has always been about the kids and this year added a tribute to those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Rick added, "It's something we wanted to do. We wanted to bring a lot of joy around the holidays."

After 25 years of sending children's letter's to Santa, the Setti's say it's time to shut the North Pole doors.

Joan said, "In a way it's sad because we really don't want to give it up but it's getting to be too much for us; health wise and it's an all year project."

Rick added, "We've made a lot of friends over the years and we've watched the kids from being 1 and 2 years old when their moms and dads brought them up, to now when they are married and bringing up their children. It makes us feel great. 

The Setti's say 2014 will be their last year putting up the Christmas village.

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