Woman ‘obsessed with Christmas’ keeps her tree up all year round
A Christmas-obsessed woman keeps her home decked out like a "little North Pole" all year round.
Hannah, from Surrey, has always loved the jolly season – admitting that she and her sister would go bauble shopping as early as April.
But now her obsession has taken on a life of its own and it is a 365-day project for her.
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While she doesn’t keep the whole house decked out, her Christmas tree and other essentials are a year-round fixture in her home.
And her tree takes a prominent place in her front window.
Hannah claims that the magic of her own personal winter wonderland gives her a welcome distraction from ‘adult-ing’ and real life.
She said: “My sister and I love thinking about Christmas so much that we even started blogging about it – the perfect excuse to inject a little North Pole wonder whatever the season!
“We’ve always been Christmas obsessives but over the last few years, we are those people who shop for baubles in April and menu plan in July!
“We keep elements of Christmas décor up throughout the year and have discovered that there’s a certain comfort from having a little Christmas sprinkled into our everyday life.
“Disappearing into that magical world even just for a few minutes gives a welcome distraction from the daily pressures of adult-ing, particularly in the current broader climate!
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She admits the Christmas tree and its location is "quite the talking point" for guests and says the cost of living crisis will make her more "mindful of the financial impact of her festive indulgencies".
Hannah continued: “At least LED lights help out a bit! We love getting creative with Christmas anyway so this year will be about making our current decorations work harder for us, creating homemade family gifts, and coming up with more low-cost activities to keep everyone in the festive spirit.”
Recent data suggested more Brits are pulling out the Christmas decorations earlier than ever to distract them from the ongoing cost of living crisis.
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But when is the "right" time can be quite a controversial topic.
Paula Boston, Visual Merchandiser at Festive Lights, explained: “Tradition states that the best time to decorate your house for the festive season is four Sundays away from Christmas Day, however, we’ve seen that those popular traditions are slipping away with Christmas fans starting early.
“With the cost of living crisis looming over people's heads, many are searching for ways to get some feel-good cheer so it only makes sense that people are keeping some element of the festive season in their homes throughout the year, or starting the decorating much earlier than usual.
“We usually recommend putting your tree up in late November, especially if you’re using a real tree as they usually only last four weeks. With lights and other decorations, don’t be afraid to bring them out a little early if you need some festive cheer!”
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