By RODNEY D. BOAM
Despite the purchase of Edwards Floral and being a full-time Genix Representative, Jeff Hollingsworth is trying to get his long-time Christmas light display ready for the holidays.
Their 26-year-tradition will shine for another year. The Hollingsworth-lighted display has always been a great addition to Preston’s Festival of Lights. Hundreds of people bring their children to North State Street annually to “Ooo and Ahhh” over the Hollingsworth family’s Christmas lights and displays.
Generally in late October, the family begins to pull out, repair and set up the displays.
“It’s February before we’re done,” he said, noting that his day-after-Christmas tradition has been to get up at 4:30 a.m. and run to Logan to buy $100-$200 in half-priced Christmas lights.
Despite the tremendous amount of money and time required to light an acre of Christmas displays each year, he enjoys every bit of it. It seems to be a habit. Now with grandchildren close by to enjoy the fruits of his labor, it gives him a renewed reason to keep the long-standing tradition alive.
“There’s no more joy than when you are out there fixing something and kids are screaming and naming the scenes they see,” he said.
This story is sponsored by The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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