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Woman's holiday decorations damaged in New Britain

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For Christmas every year, a woman on Lexington Street in New Britain always decorates her home, but recently someone destroyed part of it.

Rita Giancolla adores Christmas and she has been decorating her home with lights, Santas and other holiday figures since the 1970s.

Even though she’s 90, she still does a lot by herself.

"I used to do this all by myself---until I was 84...100 percent,” she said, adding that she starts in October to set it up, and starts taking it all down the day after Christmas.

At her house, every single room is filled with everything and anything to do with Christmas.

In addition to decorating, she opens her home up every year and people from all over are able to enjoy it.

However, last week, she had some unexpected visitors who destroyed a few Santas in the front yard.

"I am not worried about that...maybe it’s someone who doesn't like Christmas,” Giancolla said.

A few years ago, someone smashed her outdoor lights, but Giancolla keeps on giving. 

The only thing she is asking for when people stop by is to bring food donations.

Growing up in rural Vermont, Giancolla was one of 10 children and very poor. They had a tiny tree and that is about it.

At 26, when she moved to New Britain, she started her holiday tradition with his husband, who has since passed away.

The home is open to anyone interested and is located at 61 Lexington St., New Britain, from Dec. 18 to 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring a canned good item to give to a local food bank.

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