HGTV Obsessed Episode 1: Albie Mushaney

Mike and Kat talk with Albie Mushaney, a real estate agent and a professional bodybuilder known as "Big Bad Santa." They discuss Albie's holiday special You’ll Be Home for Christmas. Plus, they get holiday decorating tips from designer David Bromstad.

December 16, 2020
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On this very first episode of HGTV: Obsessed, hosts Kat and Mike Stickler interview Albie Mushaney — the World’s Strongest Santa and host of You’ll Be Home for Christmas.

Host Albie Mushaney and his family search for a tree at a local Christmas tree farm, as seen on You'll Be Home for Christmas.

Photo by: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Kat and Mike ask, “So, what came first, the strong man or the Santa?” Albie talks about his personal journey of finding better health and how it led him to become a strongman and a Christmas icon. He also shares his tips for keeping a regular workout schedule and staying in shape.

Host Albie Mushaney works out at the gym as seen on You'll Be Home for Christmas.

Photo by: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Albie’s passion for helping others paved the way for him to work with HGTV. In the special, You’ll Be Home for Christmas, Albie and his swelves (aka – swollen elves) bring deserving families some extra cheer — and a home — just in time for the holidays. “These houses are amazingly done up, no part of the house is not done up for Christmas," explains Albie.

Santa and his Swelves (aka - swollen elves)

Photo by: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Santa and his Swelves (aka - swollen elves)

A real estate agent and a dad of five kids, Albie and his wife take their own holiday decorating to the next level. But they don’t go overboard on spending — Pinterest and the dollar store are their formula for budget holiday decorating.

DIY Dollar Store Christmas Decor Your Wallet Will Love

These decor ideas will blow you mind, not your budget.

You’ll Be Home for Christmas premieres Friday, December 18 at 10/9c.

Defend the Trend: Trees for Other Holidays?

In our Defend the Trend segment of the podcast, Kat and Mike ask Albie what he really thinks about non-Christmas holiday trees.

HGTV to the Rescue

A listener writes in and asks when is the correct time to take down the Christmas tree? Are you being a Grinch if you take it down on December 26? Designer David Bromstad gives us his take plus has some tips on holiday decor storage.

David Bromstad posing in the finished livingroom. My Lottery Dream Home; Holiday 2020



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