We’re count­ing down the days with gi­ant cal­en­dar

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VIL­LAGERS are light­ing up the dark win­ter nights as they count down to Christ­mas – with a life­size ad­vent cal­en­dar.

House­hold­ers in Up­per­mill have once again de­cided to dec­o­rate their win­dows in the run up to the fes­tive sea­son.

Each night a new win­dow, or two, is lit up across the vil­lage.

Erica Ryan, who or­gan­ised the cal­en­dar, said: “It was such fun last year and peo­ple seemed to like it.

“We en­joyed it so much we didn’t con­sider not do­ing it again this year.”

The win­dows have all been cre­ated to follow the theme of mu­sic and 31 houses have signed up to take part.

There will also be win­dows at Up­per­mill Methodist Church and the gift shop Au­then­tic on Mill Street.

The win­dows are all lit be­tween 4pm and 9pm with a new lo­ca­tion re­vealed each evening.

Erica added: “We’ve had lots of amaz­ing win­dows so far and have more to come.

“We’ve had lots of tra­di­tional car­ols but also popular songs like Frosty the Snow­man and even some Frozen-themed ones.

“It was just a bit of fun to start with and I never re­ally thought it would be so popular. Last Christ­mas Eve we had a walk around to see them all once they were lit and we had more than 50 peo­ple come along to see all the dif­fer­ent win­dows. The kids in the vil­lage re­ally love it and a lot of them are proud of the win­dows in their own homes. We’ve even got a bit of a fol­low­ing on Face­book and have had a lot of hits on the blog.”

Erica came up with the idea after vis­it­ing a sim­i­lar life-size ad­vent cal­en­dar in Sal­taire, York­shire.

Erica said: “It’s some­thing that peo­ple see, get ex­cited about and think, yes, I’d like to do that.”

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