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Cambridgeshire woman decks the halls in lockdown to spread joy

Christmas may be several months off but fed up with the doom and gloom of life in lockdown, mother-of-six Zara Parry decided to deck the halls with boughs of holly. 
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A mum-of-six from Cambridgeshire put up her Christmas decorations in lockdown (photo: Zara Parry)

The 35-year-old surprised husband Scott, when she and their six children, all aged between 12 and just five months, decorated the house in Christmas decorations. The Cambridgeshire mum said they all helped in some way, even if her youngest was sat smiling while the others were at work. 

Zara said: "Scott was not aware the tree was going up, the children and I did it whilst he was at work. It was a very warm day and going into the loft was hot, and it was tough sorting through the trays of required decorations and lights with my son – there’s a reason we do it in winter.

"We had the windows open and we had the Christmas music on, my neighbours probably thought I was crazy, the TV had Elf on so we could watch this in between followed by Christmas Chronicles.

"We assembled and fluffed up the tree and began by putting the lights on and feather boas. I let the kids do the baubles with some direction of placement, like large baubles at the bottom and work up to the smaller ones. We put up some of the Christmas decorations around the tree including a tall free standing Santa, Nutcracker and lamppost."

She added: "During this we had sausage rolls, mince pies (home made from saved mincemeat), the kids had pop, I had Baileys – my tradition when I do the tree. We then assembled the outside lights.

"The kids were very excited. When Scott came home, he walked in oblivious to the Christmas lights outside which he would have ducked under and said: 'Oh God, what have you been up to?' to which we all shouted 'surprise!'. After this we delivered Christmas cards to the neighbours instead of Easter Cards."

Zara explained that passers-by have since stopped in awe and taken photos, and she has said that she simply wants to make people smile when they walk past her home. 

She added: "I love Christmas, I am the person that friends and clients tag in Christmas memes and countdowns on social media.

"It’s not even based on the children, I just love the build up! The decorations, the happiness it brings to most people, the baking (I bake everything myself from scratch). Then you have visiting Santa with the children and seeing their faces light up with excitement, it makes me so happy."