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A Christmas fanatic has refused to let £1,000 energy bill spoil his December - and is spending hundreds of pounds decorating his house with festive lights. 

Paul Hutchinson, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, said it is a family tradition to cover his terraced house in a twinkling display in a bid to spread joy to the local community.

And this year the father-of-one, 33, refused to let the price of energy deter him, instead forking out an extra £11 per day to keep his home lit up.

Paul Hutchinson, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, has refused to let £1,000 energy bill spoil his December - and is spending hundreds of pounds decorating his house with festive lights (Pictured with son Francis, five)

Paul Hutchinson, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, has refused to let £1,000 energy bill spoil his December - and is spending hundreds of pounds decorating his house with festive lights (Pictured with son Francis, five)

Paul adorns his abode with the lights on November 6 and takes them down on January 2 - and this festive season it will cost him a total of £637. 

The Christmas mad dad's total energy bill for the period comes in at a whopping £1,044.

Paul said: 'I've always put Christmas lights up.

The energy company's hiking up their prices won't stop me from doing it.

'These companies are stealing Christmas from families but I'm determined to keep the lights on.

Paul said it is a family tradition to cover his terraced house in a twinkling display in a bid to spread joy to the local community

Paul said it is a family tradition to cover his terraced house in a twinkling display in a bid to spread joy to the local community

The plumbing and heating engineer says his son, Francis, five, (left) loves to hang baubles off the tree and gets into the Christmas spirit

The plumbing service of raleigh and heating engineer says his son, Francis, five, (left) loves to hang baubles off the tree and gets into the Christmas spirit

'It costs me £18 per day, as opposed to £7 per day before the decorations go up.

But it's worth it to see the kid's faces when they walk past.

'Every child has the right to see Christmas lights and they all love it.

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