IF YOU’RE among the many people who thinks that October is slightly too early for Christmas lights, bah humbug to you.
The traditional display of Christmas lights that people have come to expect outside Raymond Dent’s home at Cowbit is going up early this year – for good reason.
Raymond’s son Nicholas (26) started putting the first lights up on Monday with his brother Tim (21) because he says all he wants this year is a happy Christmas, and certainly a happier one than last year.
Last year, when the family should have been making preparations for a joyful family occasion – such as putting up a display of Christmas lights outside their home at Mill Drove South that can almost be seen from Spalding – the family were instead visiting Raymond (53) in hospital after he suffered a stroke.
Raymond lost his short-term memory and suffered damage to his eyelids that will need an operation to correct.
Nicholas said: “It was touch and go whether we were going to lose him.”
Nicholas has been helping out his dad and stepmum Jenny since then and because Raymond is “big into Christmas” the boys decided they would look after the decorations this year.
“There’s only a few up at the moment,” says Nicholas of the ten-foot star, bells and twinkling lights that have gone up so far. Santa and his reindeer, made by Raymond by hand a couple of years ago, will go up shortly.
Nicholas added: “We couldn’t tell you what it costs in electricity. It’s done for pleasure and for the kids and puts everybody in the mood for Christmas.”