Parish leader, Rev. Darryl Pepin
, said he
has a "drawer-full" of socks, "shelves" of after-shave, and "tons" of handkerchiefs.
But don't lament.
has a gift idea that's sure to please him - a new addition to his
more than 200-piece Snow Village.
The "Department 56" Snow Village created by Rev. Darryl Pepin of St.?Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in?Bark?River, at right, has grown to more than 200 pieces since he began the village with five houses in the 1980s.
The majority of pieces were given to the priest as a gift.
A native of Escanaba and a 1969 graduate of Escanaba High School, Rev. Pepin has served at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for the past two and a half years.
Prior to that time, he
was assigned to pastor Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ironwood.
maintains that more than 80 percent of his
collection was give to him as a gift.
Department 56 Snow Village in the late 1980s when he
got a kit of six balsa-wood houses that he
Over the years, these six houses have expanded Pepin's Snow Village collection to include 54 lighted houses (the newest one was received this year), and between 150-200 accessory pieces, including people, landscape items and cars.
The display is set up each Christmas season in the rectory living room and dominates about half of the room with its eight-foot square foundation on the floor and a height of about five feet.
used styrofoam to create the tiers for the village.
once had a goal to collect every piece in the Dept. 56 collection, he
has long since given up on that idea.
"Many of the pieces are now retired and are much too expensive to buy now," he
Once Christmas is past, Pepin loads up his
village and all the pieces are packed in their original boxes and stored away in 35 bins until the next year.
plans to continue setting up his
village as long as he
has, however, no idea what he
will do with the collection when he
is no longer able to set up the display.
"I haven't decided that yet," he