Deck The Halls

For the past 15 years, the Hennessy’s holiday lights and displays have been just as much of a tradition as presents.

“It goes back forever, I can’t remember a year we haven’t done this,” explained Jack Hennessy, the family’s oldest son.

Starting in October, the Hennessy’s spend about a month and a half decorating their home to flip on the lights Thanksgiving weekend.

The Hennessy’s four kids are responsible for different parts of the house and even though they agree it’s a lot of work, they love the feeling when they finish.

“At the end, it’s nice to see it and know you helped with that,” said Sam Hennessy, the youngest son.

It’s not just this neighborhood that can enjoy the decorations: this house is also featured during the Naperville Trolley Light Tours throughout December.

“Our friends will go on the trolley ride and get off and come inside to see everything, it’s pretty cool,” said Annie Hennessy, the family’s oldest daughter.

But, for others, when it comes to holiday decorating, many love getting into the spirit, but wish they had a few elves to help them accomplish it all.

“My husband works a ton of hours and he travels a lot so the last thing he wants to do when he is home is go outside in the cold and put Christmas lights up,” said Naperville homeowner, Kristi Atwater. “He’d much rather spend time with the family.”

Atwater hired American Holiday Lights out of Woodridge to get her home into the spirit, avoiding the headache of decorating herself.
“You get your stuff out of the basement or attic and you plug it in and none of it works,” explained Jeff Krall, owner of American Holiday Lights. “You get putting it up and of course it’s always that top strand that goes out.”

A perk of having your lights installed professionally is that some companies, like American Holiday Lights, have a guarantee.

So if your lights do go out, even that top strand, they’ll come fix the problem, helping you avoid the treacherous climb up the ladder.

But what happens after the holidays?

“When it comes times to take it down, they come take them down and store them for you, so you don’t have to keep any of the lights or greens inside your house. And they’ll come back next year and put them back up,” Atwater said.

Whether decorating together has become a tradition or enlisting help creates more family time, either way allows you to enjoy each other during the holiday season.

“It’s nice to pull it all out,” said John Hennessy, the patriarch of the Hennessy family. “It’s all a memory, oh do you remember that wreath, do you remember that Santa, do you remember that Grinch? For me it’s a fond memory because it’s the time I get to spend with them.”

The Hennessy’s love sharing their decorations with others, you can see them for yourself at 326 S. Sleight St, near North Central College.


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