HERMANN, Mo. (KSDK) - On a hill above the Missouri River in Hermann, a small miracle seems to have taken place.
"We start earlier and earlier each year," Fr. Bill Debo, pastor of St. George in Hermann says.
A reoccurring miracle that has left visitor speechless for the last eleven years.
"That's what they said Father has way too much time on his hands if he can do all of this and still fit everything else in," Fr. Bill says.
Father Bill Debo has two parishes, a shrine and an amazing talent when it comes to Christmas decorations.
"Well this tree is probably the most time consuming," Fr. Bill says pointing to the Victorian tree.
He not only strung the lights, he made them.
"They're each hand piped from a pastry bag actually," Fr. Bill points out.
The dried flowers are from his garden and some of the pearls he strung by hand.
"I would do it for myself but probably not to this extent," Fr. Bill explains.
This extent stretches from the cellar to the attic and everything in between.
"So they said oh leave it to Fr. Bill he's the only one crazy enough to hang lights and roping and garland from sewer pipes and wallah," Fr. Bill says taking us into the cellar.
Kind of like a Christmas Tree Farm it just continues to grow room by room. It's not an obsession, but rather a gift to the community. Back in 2002 he was asked to put the rectory on the Hermann house tour.
"I said oh I don't know if I have enough Christmas for people to pay to see Christmas and she with her mouth agape said I assure you there's more Christmas in this first room than there is in all of Hermann," Fr. Bill says with a big smile.
And well Father Bill and his parishioners have been adding to it ever since making this historic Franciscan Friary a must see during the holiday season. Ask anyone around and they'll say amen to that.
The official house tour is this weekend and next from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. After that you can schedule a tour just call the parish office at 573-486-2723. There is no admission fee they just ask for a good will offering at the door and through that this has become one of their biggest fundraiser to help the needy in their community.