Family covers home with Christmas decorations to cheer up neighbours

Family covers home with Christmas decorations to cheer up neighbours
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A family has put up their Christmas decorations almost four months early to help cheer up their neighbours during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sarah Williams’ festive wish is for “everything to get back to normal”, with her home in Trebanog, Rhondda Valley, Wales, having been adorned with lights and an inflatable penguin and snowman.

Partner Craig Robotham’s daughter has spent several months this year in hospital and the couple wanted to do “something cheerful”.

And if not for the current rainy weather, they’d have already put up more decorations, the dad told Wales Online.

Sarah said: “The decorations have been up for three or four weeks already.

Sarah and Craig have put up lights and inflatables

“We don’t normally put them up that early, but there has been so much going on this year with the pandemic.

“We can’t have Halloween or bonfire night, and my step-daughter has had a tough time of it this year also being in hospital for a few months so we just thought we’d do something cheerful.

They are hoping to cheer up their neighbours during the pandemic

“Our neighbours love it and we’ve had cars stopping in the street so people can take a look.

She went on to say: “My Christmas wish would be for everything to get back to normal. I just hope what we’ve done puts a smile on people’s faces.”

Craig added: “We’ve still got more decorations to put up, it’s just the weather stopping us. We love Christmas in general and we just want to make it last as long as we can.”

Leanne Wood, MS for Rhondda said: “I saw this house while out having a walk in the Rhondda last week and wondered if it was the first trimmed up house in Wales.

“We all need a bit of cheer in our lives during these challenging times. Lots of people want to make their streets and communities brighter through the dark winter months, and no one can be faulted for that instinct.”

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