Nancy and Bruce Hook will hang up their elf hats this Christmas after over a decade of entertaining Yass families with their decorative front yard displays.
The pair began decorating their yard in Orion Street in 2008 after Bruce made an eye-catching nativity scene for Nancy’s shop and have been growing their home display ever since.
Almost everything is handcrafted – Bruce creates the wooden cuts of Christmas characters, which have been crafted mechanically to move, while Nancy paints them. Sown amongst the characters are an array of lights that represent a week’s work creating a display for children and adults alike to enjoy.
2021 marks the final year to appreciate the display in its entirety as Nancy and Bruce have sold their house to caravan around Australia.
The pair are planning to start in Perth visiting family before travelling all around the country.
“Then just keep on traveling everywhere – around and around and around until we’ve seen all of Australia,” Nancy said.
Now that their three grandchildren are at school Nancy said it was time for her and Bruce to have a little time to themselves.
The fate of the Hook’s range of handcrafted Christmas decorations
is still up in the air as Nancy said they hope to sell them as a set.
“We’d like to sell them all in one group,” she said. “I’d like whoever buys it to buy the whole lot – the ANZAC and Easter sets as well.”
“There’s a lot of hours and lots of money put into it but we would never get back what we put into it.”
Thankfully the decorations were largely left untouched by Saturday’s wild weather.
“We were pretty lucky there is no damage at all done to any of our displays or our house,” Nancy said.
“We’re going to miss all of the people that have been coming through our gates every Christmas, Easter and ANZAC Day,” she said. “We’re both sad and happy.”
“We’re happy that we’re going but sad that we’re leaving all our friends and all the people that come through to enjoy our lights.”
The Hooks display can still be enjoyed during the day with the Christmas characters and bright colours, or at night when they come to life, moving and surrounded by lights.
The solar-powered lights are usually turned on around 8 pm until 10:30 pm or 11 pm.
By Brianna O’Rourke