Washington couple spends 50th Christmas at home despite tornado aftermath

By WEEK Reporter

December 25, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- When a couple stays together for nearly six decades, they go through a lot of ups and downs. But for one couple in Washington this holiday is like no other.

The EF-4 tornado tore through their city just over a month ago. They are among the survivors counting their blessings.

Roy and Rosie Fischer have spent Christmas in their Washington home since 1963.

"We've lived here for 50 years. It's our home," said Roy.

The Fischer's home was affected by the tornado, but their home is minimally damaged compared to some of the other homes on their street.

"There's so many people who have lost everything, and I feel guilty that we are not in the same situation," said Rosie.

The past couple of months have been a battle to stay merry, but the Fischers are fighter, and this Christmas, they are not giving up.

"I'm going to miss the trees and the homes. But this is our home," said Roy. "Looking out the back door really makes you sad but I got to try and stay up beat."

They are doing just that by filling their home with joy, the same way they've done it for 50 years.

"Every year we go a little bananas with Christmas," said Rosie. "I love to decorate."

"I finished wrapping my gifts yesterday," said Roy.

They have plenty to be thankful for.

"I'm so grateful to have my wife of 57 years with me, my children, my grandchildren," said Roy. "I've really been blessed with everything I have."

Including the gift of hope.

"We're just looking for a brighter future, and we hope that this neighborhood will come back to looking a little bit like it did before," said Rosie.

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