Gran leaves Christmas tree up since last December and already has presents wrapped
Christmas-crazy gran Pavola Slessor has already bought and wrapped all her gifts for December 25 and doesn’t care that people call her mad for refusing to take down her tree last January
A gran who left her festive decorations up for the past 11 months says she isn’t bothered about being known as the “crazy Christmas tree lady”.
Pavola Slessor put it up in December 2020 and had intended to take it out down in the New Year but changed her mind, Daily Record reports.
The 48-year-old from Fife, Scotland, says it lifted her mood during lockdown – so decided against boxing up her tinsel and tree.
She told the Daily Record that she loves the time of the year so much that has already bought and wrapped all her gifts for December 25.
After a tough time, she is determined to make this year extra special with her baby grandson Myles, who was born in October.
“I love Christmas, it’s a great time of the year but with Covid, everybody has just been down in the dumps,” she said.
“It started as a joke and I usually keep it up for the 12 days and then take it back down again, I’ve always done that.
“But this year I just started saying to folk I’d keep it up until the end of lockdown.
“Lockdown came and went and it kind of dwindled out, it was March, then it was April and I thought, I’ll just keep it up. It just gives you that nice Christmas feeling.
“Mostly people just say ‘Oh my God, you still have your tree up!’ It just became a standing joke and I still switch the lights on it every night.
“It’s in the front hall, so as soon as I open the door, there it is.”
Daughter Stacey, 30, and grandson Cody, 11, will celebrate along with her dad Pete 74, who was shielding last year due to his age.
She is determined to make up for a low-key celebrations of last year – but hasn’t decided if they tree is staying up for 2022.
Pavola added: “I got tagged in Facebook posts about ‘the crazy Christmas tree lady’.
“There were people saying they wish they had done it. Then there were people who had done it too.
“Last year was quiet, the full family wasn’t there and people were still wary.
“It will be my grandson Myles’ first Christmas.
“I’ve already got Christmas presents wrapped, I buy through the year, so I’ll still get that Christmas feeling.”