Does anyone love Christmas more than this Manhattanite who decorates the halls in a very grand way?
The most wonderful time of the year is actually most of the year at Frankie “Božić” Bianco’s house downtown, as it remains decorated for the holiday for eight months straight.
The Lower East Side resident has no less than 13,751 lamps, which he spends more than 200 hours putting up right after Labor Day and keeps them on display until April, according to a viral tour of his one-bedroom apartment by popular New York-based Instagram documentarian Niko — a video tour of which collected about 183,000 likes in the past two weeks. The video shows a dazzling display of lights and decorations from the ceiling, a collection of sparkling Christmas trees, a shower curtain in his bathroom with a picture of a candy cane and a “Merry Christmas” sign above his bed that shows Santa’s smiling face.
The tradition of spreading Christmas cheer – regardless of the time of year – began when he was 18 years old, and has only gotten bigger over the past 15 years.
“My love for Christmas started with my mother years ago when she was unable to decorate our home due to illness, so I stepped up and did it for her,” Bianco told the Post about the origins of his Christmas obsession. After that first year, he just went bigger and bigger with the ornamentation. “For the record, my mom is still with us and thriving,” he added.
In addition to turning his home into a veritable Dyker Heights showroom, he also decorated his body with Noel-themed illustrations. Bianco has 47 snowflake tattoos, a huge Santa tattoo on his back, and close to a dozen other Christmas-inspired ink pieces, according to Nicholas Heller, the “unofficial New York talent scout” and New York native behind the New York Nico account. Wondering how many days until Christmas? Ask Mr. Bianco any day of the year, and he’s sure to know.
“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” wins gold for its favorite Christmas tune, and “Miracle on 34th Street” is its top seasonal movie because of Kris Kringle’s line: “Christmas isn’t a day, it’s a frame of mind,” Heller said in the clip.
The virality of the apartment tour brought intense joy to Bianco, who loves nothing more than sharing the holiday spirit.
“This has been an amazing experience this year. “Just the thought of the amount of Christmas cheer that has been spread is overwhelming,” he told The Post. “I’m extremely happy and grateful for all the people who reached out to me and I’m extremely motivated to go even bigger next year.”