Although the holiday season is just beginning, Hull families are already starting to decorate their houses.
Kenny Paul has been making light sculptures for years in his front yard, on the corner of Nantasket Avenue and P Street. This year his creation is a whale with the words “HO HO HO.”
“I just want to make people smile,” says Paul.
The light sculptures usually take about a month to make, but for Paul the process is worth it. “The main reason I do them is for the kids, the kids that drive by,” he says. “It makes them smile; it makes them laugh. … I think people enjoy it.”
The Stearns asked Van Ngoc Dong to decorate their house on the end of S Street. Their eye-catching display has a two-story Christmas tree made of lights, and lights are wrapped around pillars and gates. Normally, the Stearns do not live in Hull year-round but keep their house here as a summer retreat. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, they decided they would stay on and would make their decorations “more festive than normal.”
“This is our way to celebrate because of COVID,” says Stearn.
Dong usually decorates the Stearns’ house, but this year she went all out. “It’s always breathtaking,” she says. The decorations help “get some cheer going.”
She goes on to explain: “I’m a very proud person when I do something well,” and she is clearly proud of how the house looks this year.