Scottish Daily Mail



JENNY BEN­NETT, 37, owns a beauty salon and lives near mor­peth, Northum­ber­land, with her part­ner, Kevin, 44, a land­lord and prop­erty owner. She says:

COME late af­ter­noon, when darkness be­gins to fall, I switch on the thou­sands of fairy lights on the gar­land ei­ther side of the grand, sweep­ing stair­case.

As fes­tive sparkle fills the hall­way of our six-bed­room home, my mood light­ens and I of­ten sit on the stairs to take it all in, de­lighted that I put the dec­o­ra­tions up three weeks ear­lier than usual.

But it’s not just the fin­ished gar­lands and 8 ft tree at the bot­tom of the stair­case that have lifted my spir­its. Lock­down re­stric­tions mean my busi­ness has been closed for five of the past eight months, so the process of putting up the dec­o­ra­tions over two days gave me a much-needed cre­ative out­let.

Each gar­land con­sists of four, 9 ft pieces that I found on eBay and wound to­gether. I added ar­ti­fi­cial berries, faux flow­ers and over 2,000 fairy lights.

I’ve spent more than £500 cre­at­ing it. Af­ter such a mis­er­able year, I’ve also put up the tree su­per-early. We need some magic in our lives now!

This year may have been far from sparkling — but our home def­i­nitely is.

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