As we got closer to the holiday, plenty of homeowners in this area showed they weren’t going to let anything dim their festive lights.
Whoville’s got nothing on the South Shore.
Faced with the most Grinch-like economy in decades, the month started with stories of homeowners, municipalities and businesses scaling back on their Christmas decorations.
“The second Christmas since the financial meltdown is coming without the ribbons, holly, wreaths and bows,” Associated Press reporter Tracie Cone wrote with Seussian flair. “It’s coming without lights, decorated lamp posts and parades. Trees with all the trimmings have either been shrunken down or eliminated entirely.”
Too be sure, there are plenty who were forced to cut back.
But as we got closer to the holiday, plenty of homeowners in this area showed they weren’t going to let anything dim their festive lights.
You could practically hear the “dah who dor-aze” chorus from “Welcome, Christmas” as home after home threw the switch that lets them share the spirit with every passer-by.
One homeowner whose heart swells seven sizes this time of year is John Draheim of Norwell.
The 59-year-old said it takes him a month to decorate his Grove Street home with more than 100,000 lights, plus giant Santas, snowmen and reindeer.
People travel from all over, including vans full of senior citizens and nursing home patients, to see the end result.
“It’s heartwarming,” Draheim said of how people respond to the display, which costs $500 in electricity charges to light up. “Things like that make me get out there.”
And he’s not alone. Throughout the region, holiday enthusiasts see their holiday displays as reflections of their personalities, styles and traditions as well as a way to bring smiles to the faces of those who might not be feeling the joy this time of year.
Welcome Christmas, indeed.
The Patriot Ledger