Jennifer Houghton's University Park mansion has a dining room at Christmastime full of colorful decorations. They call it the Land of the Sweets.

Jennifer Houghton's University Park mansion has a dining room at Christmastime full of colorful decorations. They call it the Land of the Sweets.

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Jennifer Houghton spent 26 days decorating for Christmas. She started Nov. 4 -- after spending four days pulling her Halloween decorations down -- and finished Nov. 30.

But she's never really finished, anyhow. "I'm always tweaking!" she says. Her five-bedroom, nine-bathroom University Park home has to be the most decorated home we've ever seen in Dallas at Christmastime.

Jennifer Houghton spent 26 days decorating her University Park home for Christmas in 2017.

Jennifer Houghton spent 26 days decorating her University Park home for Christmas in 2017.

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In each room of her sprawling home, Houghton focuses on a new theme, whether that's classic gold and red in the living room or pink trees and gingerbread men in the kitchen. She counts three large trees and four small ones inside her home.

But that's nothing compared to the 45,000 lights she has, inside and out.

Houghton uses many of the same decorations every year but says she never decorates a room the same as she did the year before.

Houghton offered a few tips for a novice decorator who aspires to go big on Christmas:

"Start small, only purchase or DIY items that make you smile and then add to them as you see more items you love," she says. "Select a theme for your room and then have fun finding treasures in that theme."

See more of Houghton's work on Instagram at @turtlecreeklane or on her blog.

Take a look through her University Park home decked out in Christmas decorations. It's a treasure hunt all its own:

The front door shows a glimpse of what's inside

Jennifer Houghton's home has 45,000 Christmas lights inside and out.

Jennifer Houghton's home has 45,000 Christmas lights inside and out.

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Come on in! Here's the foyer

This year, the foyer in Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park was decorated with Tiffany blue and red Christmas decorations.

This year, the foyer in Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park was decorated with Tiffany blue and red Christmas decorations.

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Here's a close-up of some of the presents under the tree.

Here's a close-up of some of the presents under the tree.

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Seems Santa's been in the foyer in Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park.

Seems Santa's been in the foyer in Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park.

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In the family room, the couch is wearing a special Christmas tutu

The family room at Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park turned into a Christmas candyland this year.

The family room at Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park turned into a Christmas candyland this year.

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This time of year, the couch gets a special tutu.

This time of year, the couch gets a special tutu.

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The kitchen is home to a family of gingerbread men

The kitchen at Jennifer Houghton's University Park home 

The kitchen at Jennifer Houghton's University Park home 

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These gingerbread men look at home at Jennifer Houghton's house at Christmastime.

These gingerbread men look at home at Jennifer Houghton's house at Christmastime.

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Even the mantle above the stove gets decorated.

Even the mantle above the stove gets decorated.

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The decadent dining room is called the Land of the Sweets

Jennifer Houghton's University Park mansion has a dining room at Christmastime full of colorful decorations.

Jennifer Houghton's University Park mansion has a dining room at Christmastime full of colorful decorations.

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The table is already set.

The table is already set.

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The living room offers Christmas glam

Jennifer Houghton spent 26 days decorating for Christmas in 2017. Here's her decadently decorated living room.

Jennifer Houghton spent 26 days decorating for Christmas in 2017. Here's her decadently decorated living room.

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She makes many of the Christmas decorations herself.

She makes many of the Christmas decorations herself.

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The breakfast room reminds us: We really need a breakfast room...

In the breakfast room at Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer gets his moment.

In the breakfast room at Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer gets his moment.

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The breakfast room at Jennifer Houghton's home sports another Christmas tree.

The breakfast room at Jennifer Houghton's home sports another Christmas tree.

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Each family member has a spot.

Each family member has a spot.

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This reindeer in the breakfast room at Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park comes with a crown of candles.

This reindeer in the breakfast room at Jennifer Houghton's home in University Park comes with a crown of candles.

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Many of Jennifer Houghton's pillows, chairs and couches get re-upholstered at Christmastime.

Many of Jennifer Houghton's pillows, chairs and couches get re-upholstered at Christmastime.

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