Mum puts Christmas tree up in October to make festivities 'last longer'

There may be 80 days to go until Christmas, but that hasn’t stopped one family getting in the festive spirit a little early.

Mum-of-four Tracey Geach has already decked her house out with Christmassy goodies – including a 8ft tree with tinsel and baubles, which took more than five hours to kit out.

The 34-year-old, from Cornwall, has put up her festive decorations early every year – since her children were babies.

She says: ‘We adore Christmas, it’s a magical time of year – so why not start it early? My family loves it too – including my partner Derren. We’ve been putting up our Christmas tree in October for years.

‘My two youngest help me put up the decorations – and they have their own Christmas trees too. They love it and it’s something we do together every year – it’s such a magical time.

‘My dad left my mum and I when I was a baby on Christmas Eve, so my mum made sure to make Christmas special every year. She’s our superhero – and I want to carry on the same tradition.’

Every year the family have a different colour scheme for the decorations. For 2021, it’s a purple and silver theme.

Tracey adds: ‘It took more than five hours to put up all the decorations, and there are six sets of lights on my tree.

‘The kids held the lights and span around the tree with me – and we did it while listening to Christmas songs.’

But not only is the mum ahead of time on her festive decor, she’s already sorted the family’s presents as well.

Tracey purchased everything from charity shops and Facebook Marketplace – while sticking to a strict budget. She adds that doing this throughout the year helps to make Christmas shopping more affordable.

However, not everyone is on board with her premature festivities.

Tracey says: ‘Response is divided on social media. Lots of people say it’s taking away the magic of children for the children – but mine adore Christmas.

‘We have birthdays in October, November and December, so they all have a Christmas theme.’

But she doesn’t let this online hate get her down.

The mum adds: ‘I would say to all the Grinches out there, live and let live – you don’t have to live with it, if you don’t want to.

‘There’s too much sadness in the world, so why not make Christmas last longer.’

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