A happy homeowner has put her spectacular Christmas lights up early this year – to cheer up her neighbours amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
Brilliant photos of Tracey Clare’s illuminated house in Lincoln, Lincs., show tens of thousands of LEDs in the shape of Santas, trees, baubles and reindeer.
They’d usually go up at the start of December but Tracey, 36, has jumped the gun this year to try and bring a bit of much-needed festive joy.
The mum-of-one said: “It’s been a difficult year for everyone so we’ve put our lights up to try and put a smile on people’s faces.
“It’s been brilliant to see the kids coming along and loving the lights, as well as the adults as well actually.
“I think it’s something fun and a bit different, which is what we all need right now.”
Many homeowners with Xmas light displays have cancelled this year because of the pandemic and ongoing nationwide lockdown.
However, Tracey said that was “never an option” for her family.
She added: “It didn’t even cross our minds to cancel.
“We do this every year and we’re not going to let coronavirus get in the way of us enjoying Christmas.
“I think a lot of local people around here would be disappointed if we cancelled as well, we didn’t want to let them down.”
The lights were officially switched on on November 7, however, the hard work started months earlier.
Tracey said: “We think about the display and talk about it all year.
“Then about four weeks before the switch on we really start preparing by getting the lights out the loft and making sure everything is on order.”
Tracey said her family’s Christmas light tradition began with her dad Gordon around 20 years ago.
She added: “My dad absolutely loved Christmas, it was his favourite time of year, and he always put on a great light display.
“Sadly he died a few years back and now we continue to put up lights in memory of him.
“I’m sure he’s looking down and feeling very proud.”
Tracey lives with her brother, mum and 12-year-old daughter Mena while her sister Leeann and her three children live next door.
She said the light display is a family effort but that her brother Peter, a 26-year-old groundworker, is the brains behind the operation.
Tracey added: “He loves it just like my dad did.
“Every year we get bigger and better and Peter is even thinking about putting lights around the side of the house and at the back next year.
“We’ve run out of room at the front so we need to start thinking outside the box.”
Tracey and her family are using their fantastic festive display to try and raise money for NHS charities.
She said: “The health service has done an amazing job this year to help us through the pandemic so we thought we would try and give something back.”
Visitors to her house can drop money off while those from further afield can contribute online via crowdfunding site JustGiving.
Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tracey-clare5?