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A last look at some big Christmas decorations

Dr. John Higginbotham turns his property into a winter wonderland every season. Dr. John Higginbotham turns his property into a winter wonderland every season.

For the past 20 years on Horseshoe Trail, Dr. John Higginbotham and his friend and neighbor Robert Hodges work holiday magic.

The retired doctor's home turns into the Christmas Place at the North Pole. Letters for Santa end up here.

For a retired physician turned animatronics specialist, Higginbotham said it all began with "Frosty". 

"I'm a bone surgeon and taking care of broken bones is something I've done all my life. And we had some cast material that was going bad and we couldn't let it go to total waste, so we made Frosty out of it," the doctor said.

The gingerbread homes of his childhood imagination turn to reality as a village begins to form. "And then each year I'd add a different item," added Higginbotham.

He has a philosophy about all this. "I think it makes it more real for the children to be able to touch and interact with these things; some of them are set off by motion and touch."

Hodges agrees; he has helped the doctor set up shop, as it were, every year. "I share his belief that that's part of Christmas. Is actually being let the children touch, feel, smell and meet Santa Claus right here."

"He drives the train and I'm the chief elf!" said Hodges.

And they recruited family over the years to bring so many characters to life. You never know who you will meet along the way. 

And if you think it's a magic place with the singing snowmen and more....just wait until the sun goes down. Santa and his reindeer illuminate the sky and all the decorations seem to take on a new light.

The lights... the sounds... the memories of Christmas in Bobby's Bama.

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