Christmas tradition spans four decadesPublished 10:55am Saturday, December 1, 2012
BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
SEDLEY—Don’t bother asking Nancy and Ralph Flowers or Joey and Joanne Hewett of Sedley how many lights they put up for their outdoor holiday decorating.
They’ve lost track.
For more than three decades years, the Flowers have decorated their Sycamore Avenue home right along with the Hewetts next door. The Hewetts have been doing it for four decades.
“We used to get out in the yard at night, talk and carry on,” said Nancy Flowers, 68.
“We just do it out of fun,” added Joanne Hewett, 67. “We started when we first moved here in 1975, and kept adding on and on and on each year till where we got now.”
“I never kept track of how many lights I put up or how much I spent,” said Nancy Flowers. “The light bill’s not that bad, about $30 more than the usual $100.”
She and her husband have been decorating since the 1980s when their grandson was small.
For the first two years the Hewetts did keep count of the number of lights. Now they only install them until they’re tired.
“We have no idea how much money we’ve spent,” said Joanne Hewett.
Another neighbor used to go all out, but has moved to North Carolina. There are, however, other neighbors who decorate.
“They do a real excellent job,” said nearby resident Richard Livesay.
The Sedley Woman’s Club has recognized the Flowers and Hewetts for their decorating.