Scottish Daily Mail


- Good News

TERRI HAMIL­TON, 33, man­ages rental prop­er­ties and lives in Berk­shire with her hus­band Paul, 34, a busi­ness owner, and their two chil­dren Ella, seven, and Jack, five. She says:

Four weeks ago I de­cided to put up our four Christ­mas trees and stair­case gar­land early as a sur­prise for my chil­dren. The joy etched on their faces when they ar­rived home from school to an in­door won­der­land was mag­i­cal. Like mil­lions of chil­dren they have had so much taken away from them by the pandemic, in­clud­ing school, time with their friends, birth­day par­ties and hol­i­days.

I asked my hus­band to get the dec­o­ra­tions down from the loft af­ter Hal­loween. The same week, I bought ev­ery­thing to make the gar­lands, as well as two new trees.

At 50 me­tres long, the gar­land goes all the way up the stair­case, around the gal­leried land­ing above and down the other side. It cost around £200. I’ve added al­most 4,000 clus­ter lights at £100, as well as baubles, fir cones and pearlised berries.

Stand­ing proud at the bot­tom of the stairs are two full-size nut­crack­ers, an 8 ft tree on the land­ing and a 7.5 ft tree in the lounge. We also have a 5 ft tree in the din­ing room.

our planned trip to La­p­land this Christ­mas has been can­celled, so cre­at­ing a fes­tive won­der­land at home is my way of try­ing to make ev­ery­thing ex­tra mag­i­cal here for Ella and Jack in­stead.

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