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Mum defends decorating home for Christmas already and says she's proud of Santa's grotto

Source - Mirror Online

By - Neil Shaw

Date - 07-09-22

A mum is turning heads down her street after sticking her Christmas decorations up inside and outside the family home already.

Despite it being 110 days until December 25, she's got the tinsel out four months early.

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Heidi Parish doesn't care if people think she has gone way too soon but says she won't have the lights on every day with energy bills soaring across the UK.

The influencer, who has more than 50,000 Instagram followers, took to social media this week to share her house transformed into Santa’s grotto.


She told GrimsbyLive she just wanted to spread some cheer with the cost of living crisis dominating people's thoughts following the pandemic.


“I wanted to decorate my home early as making my children and other people smile when they see the lights makes me think what is there not to love about getting into the Christmas spirit early on," she said.

"Especially after the pandemic, I think it made us all realise there is truly no time like the present so why not?

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"For now, I’m planning to only turn on the lights occasionally such as when we have friends over to ensure I’m not wasting energy and to keep costs to a minimum.”

She added on Instagram: "You know how much I love all seasons and any chance to buy beautiful decor and last Christmas I found such a lush place to buy lots of my outdoor lights from @christow_home and this year we’ve been lucky enough to work with them!

"So they’ve sent me a selection of lights and I couldn’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit. How pretty do they look I cannot wait for Christmas and to enjoy all the festivities.

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You know what, if it makes her happy and others, why not :)

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Personal liberty. Leave her alone

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1 hour ago, Rob Thompson said:

You know what, if it makes her happy and others, why not :)

1 hour ago, Black Hills Santa said:

Personal liberty. Leave her alone

Exactly right! Reminds me of this: “Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone somewhere may be happy” (H. L. Mencken). You have to find joy whenever and wherever you can, especially nowadays (the modern Puritans notwithstanding).

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13 hours ago, Black Hills Santa said:

Personal liberty. Leave her alone

Exactly; its harmless and most likely bringing some joy and excitement to the local children. The world seems to be a miserable place at the moment, lets give and take the smiles when we can :)

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My daughter is 100% disabled with LGS Syndrome, and Christmas lights are one of the only things that we can tell that she enjoys. So my wife already has the tree in her room up and the Christmas village and nativity out. If it's something you enjoy who cares what other people think about it, people need all the joy that they can get in today's times.

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Couldn't agree more with these posts!christmas lights GIF

No this is not my place just a picture i found and love!

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4 hours ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

That's all the decorations she has? Sheesh, they should see MY neighborhood! :santa_cool:

Hey, if you can’t go all out, it’s not even worth the effort. :sc_cool:

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16 hours ago, Sundblom Santa said:

Hey, if you can’t go all out, it’s not even worth the effort. :sc_cool:

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If you make the effort, its always worth it :) 

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The way the world as a whole has become such an “if it feels good do it society”, I can’t get over how anyone would have a problem with early Christmas decorations. Of course, Christmas is wholesome and pure while many of the pushed things aren’t. 

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7 hours ago, Santa Shep said:

The way the world as a whole has become such an “if it feels good do it society”, I can’t get over how anyone would have a problem with early Christmas decorations. Of course, Christmas is wholesome and pure while many of the pushed things aren’t. 

Totally agree Shep,

lets have fun, or is it live and let live :)

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we didn't get anything out for Haloween this year - just went right to Christmas - trying to purge and organize and clean up - stuff we have we don't want or need we are able to give to others for Christmas before the holiday so someone else can enjoy it - sleigh wont come out until after Nov 1 - 5 trees up so far - most of the garland - still need to decorate trees and put out some of the decor - but the house is looking like Christmas !

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7 minutes ago, Drosselmeyer said:

we didn't get anything out for Haloween this year - just went right to Christmas - trying to purge and organize and clean up - stuff we have we don't want or need we are able to give to others for Christmas before the holiday so someone else can enjoy it - sleigh wont come out until after Nov 1 - 5 trees up so far - most of the garland - still need to decorate trees and put out some of the decor - but the house is looking like Christmas !

We did that last year, we gave a couple of our trees to families less fortunate and a few bags of decorations,  Its the little things that go along way, and for me thats the real Santa stuff;

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2 hours ago, Drosselmeyer said:

we didn't get anything out for Haloween this year - just went right to Christmas - trying to purge and organize and clean up - stuff we have we don't want or need we are able to give to others for Christmas before the holiday so someone else can enjoy it - sleigh wont come out until after Nov 1 - 5 trees up so far - most of the garland - still need to decorate trees and put out some of the decor - but the house is looking like Christmas !

I wish my wife would let me decorate for Christmas, but she wants Fall décor then Thanksgiving before we dive in.

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9 minutes ago, Santa SteveKl said:

I wish my wife would let me decorate for Christmas, but she wants Fall décor then Thanksgiving before we dive in.

My wife used to feel that way. Then our two granddaughters came along. It is so much fun watching them decorate the tree, the first weekend in November has become our go to date!

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12 hours ago, Santa Shep said:

My wife used to feel that way. Then our two granddaughters came along. It is so much fun watching them decorate the tree, the first weekend in November has become our go to date!

We decorate mid December, used to be much earlier when my daughter was a  little one, and latterly with my grandson the boy. 

I just hate it though when the decorations are taken down, the house looks so empty.

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