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- Good News · Weddings Organisation · Warrington

ALI­SON SMITH, 48, is a wed­ding venue stylist and lives in War­ring­ton, Cheshire. She has a son who is 25. She says: WHEN I walk into my house and see my 8 ft, fairy-themed, ar­ti­fi­cial Christ­mas tree shim­mer­ing be­fore me, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to smile.

Putting it up in Oc­to­ber was ex­cep­tion­ally early but, af­ter such a chal­leng­ing year, dur­ing which 100 of the wed­dings that I had been hired to style were post­poned, my over­rid­ing view was ‘sod it’.

I’ve never put it up this early be­fore. It hap­pened by ac­ci­dent when I started shopping early for dec­o­ra­tions for clients, wor­ried that whole­salers may have to close at any mo­ment with the ever-chang­ing re­stric­tions.

When I spot­ted fairy and toad­stool dec­o­ra­tions on sale I could not re­sist. They made me smile in­stantly — some­thing I haven’t done an aw­ful lot of this year.

The tree and trim­mings cost around £500 but I have worked ex­cep­tion­ally hard to keep my busi­ness go­ing through the pandemic and, hav­ing treated my­self to lit­tle else this year, I de­cided to have a lit­tle splurge.

I laboured on the tree for ten hours. It took an­other few hours to dress the stair­case. I also made a heart-shaped wreath for my front door with a sign say­ing ‘fairies wel­come’.

The re­ac­tion from ev­ery­one who has been to the house has been ‘wow!’. Although my son has grown up and lives with his fi­ancee, I love the magic of Christ­mas.

Come Twelfth Night on Jan­uary 5, when we are sup­posed to take our dec­o­ra­tions down, mine will have been up for over two months.

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