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Annual decorations help lift Plymouth couple’s spirits, especially this year

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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PLYMOUTH

1397 State Road

Harold and Myrtle Johnson have decorated their home for the past 11 years. Each year Harold, 76, isn’t so sure he wants to put in the effort to set everything up. But when September comes around, Myrtle said, her husband says, “Nope, we’re gonna do it again.” The couple recently lost a child, and Myrtle said the decorations help lift their spirits. “It brings out the magical part of Christmas,” she said. The Johnsons said they love the joy it gives children who stop by and walk among the candy canes in awe. Their electric bill increases about $100 a month, but the most expensive part, Myrtle said, is the decorations. Regardless, they said, they will continue decorating in years to come.

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