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NEW BRITAIN - The 'Christmas House," a 40-year New Britain tradition, was vandalized earlier in the week.

Several decorations were smashed and knocked down.

Ninety-year-old Rita Giancola spent nearly two months decorating her house, inside and out, for the 37th year.

Thousands of holiday figures line Giancola's lawn, and tinsel and lights shine bright throughout her home on Lexington Street, just across from the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Sheopens her Christmas house for five nights each holiday season. There is no admission charge, but guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item as their entry fee. The donated items will go to the Salvation Army, St. Mark's Church, and other good causes.

Rita's Christmas house will still be open December 18-22 from 6-8 p.m.

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