Mum defends decorating home for Christmas already and says she’s proud of Santa’s grotto

A mum is turning heads down her street after sticking her Christmas decorations up inside and outside the family home already.

Despite it being 110 days until December 25, she’s got the tinsel out four months early.

Heidi Parish doesn’t care if people think she has gone way too soon but says she won’t have the lights on every day with energy bills soaring across the UK.

The influencer, who has more than 50,000 Instagram followers, took to social media this week to share her house transformed into Santa’s grotto.

She told GrimsbyLive she just wanted to spread some cheer with the cost of living crisis dominating people’s thoughts following the pandemic.

“I wanted to decorate my home early as making my children and other people smile when they see the lights makes me think what is there not to love about getting into the Christmas spirit early on,” she said.

“Especially after the pandemic, I think it made us all realise there is truly no time like the present so why not?

“For now, I’m planning to only turn on the lights occasionally such as when we have friends over to ensure I’m not wasting energy and to keep costs to a minimum.”

She added on Instagram: “You know how much I love all seasons and any chance to buy beautiful decor and last Christmas I found such a lush place to buy lots of my outdoor lights from @christow_home and this year we’ve been lucky enough to work with them!

“So they’ve sent me a selection of lights and I couldn’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit. How pretty do they look I cannot wait for Christmas and to enjoy all the festivities.

“Just remember only 3.5 months until Christmas!”

Josh Piercy, ECommerce Director at Christow said: “Since the pandemic we’ve seen a trend of people decorating their homes a lot earlier than before.

“We think that the hardships and isolation of the pandemic led people to want to get in the festive mood earlier to make up for the Christmases lost to the pandemic.

“Last year, we sold out of some of our products earlier due to the very early demand for products and some customers were disappointed when they went to purchase products in December.

“This year we’ve stocked up to ensure that we can cater to all customers, whether they want to purchase today or on Christmas Eve.”