Shining a light on Christmas
ELVES in bikinis, koalas in boardies and Santas with surfboards and fishing rods – it is certainly one very warm, summer Christmas at the Humberdross house.
Sue and Greg Humberdross have been decorating their Urangan home for the past three years with all sorts of festive displays.
Across the roof are Greg’s hand-made light decorations in a variety of colours and shapes, including helicopters and dolphins.
In the front yard are hand-made wooden elves, sparkling palm trees, an emu, a train, snowman (albeit melting) and kookaburra.
Even Joseph and Mary make an appearance, while tiny angels keep watch of it all.
There are inflatable Santas, reindeers, Christmas trees and presents as well as candy canes and lights lining the fence.
The Humberdrosses are in the Chronicle’s Light up Fraser Coast Christmas lights competition but Sue says their happy home is about much more than that.
“We do it all for the grandkids and the kids around the neighbourhood love it,” she said.
It is no surprise Sue and Greg get wholeheartedly into the festive spirit; they have eight grandchildren.
It is these grandchildren who help celebrate the silly season by dressing up in angel and elf outfits and handing out lollies to Hervey Bay residents and visitors who drop by.
Making December nights even more special are the Christmas tunes that can be heard down King Street.
“The surprise on their faces, they just love it,” Sue said of the local kids.
“If they didn’t have lights there wouldn’t be any spirit of Christmas would there?”
Sue said the family had tourists from London and Sweden calling in to see the decorations, which are added to every year.