A MUM has revealed she takes her decorations down at 9pm on Christmas Day, as a result of she’s “not a fan” of the celebration and may’t stand the litter.
Stacey Flinn, 36, from Darlington, Co Durham, admits her husband Paul, 40, who’s within the armed forces, begs her to maintain the tree up for simply one other day – however she’s had sufficient by December 25.
Stacey Flinn, from Darlington, with husband Paul and eight-year-old son BearCredit score: Provided
Talking to Fabulous, the NHS admin employee, who’s mum to Bear, eight, says: “By Christmas Day I’m completely accomplished with it.
“I’m not a Christmas fan. I would fairly fortunately work the day, however when you’ve got a toddler you’ll be able to’t. I am actually depressing about it.
“I take all the things down that night time, after my little boy goes to mattress, I really feel just like the season’s over. I begin taking all the things down at about 9pm, it seems like litter by that time.
“My husband may be very Christmassy, it’s usually me who begins getting the containers down and begins packing away.
Yearly, Stacey packs the Christmas decorations at 9pm on December 25Credit score: Provided
She says the house feels good and litter free as soon as the decs are downCredit score: Provided
“We have been collectively 18 years, so he is aware of the way it goes, however yearly he says to me ‘can we depart the tree up till no less than Boxing Day?’
“I at all times say ‘no it’s simply simpler, we get it put away after which it’s accomplished’. I don’t need Christmas Day to feels prefer it goes on longer.
“Every part simply will get put in a field. The tree is actual in order that will get dumped within the again backyard by my husband, till we are able to chop it up and get rid of it.”
I’m not a Christmas fan. I would fairly fortunately work the day, however when you’ve got a toddler you’ll be able to’t. I am actually depressing about it
The Flinn household purchase a correct tree yearly and usually embellish their house within the final weekend of November.
In addition to the tree, they’ve a fire garland, stockings, picket star and glitter bow decorations.
Stacey says: “It’s kind of totally different this yr, we have adorned the surface as a result of there’s nothing else to do.”
The mum-of-one says her Christmas Day cull has turn out to be a working joke amongst her mates.
Stacey insists Bear would not thoughts and admits she’s not a ‘Christmas fan’Credit score: Provided
They’ve accomplished exterior decorations this yr for the primary timeCredit score: Provided
She provides: “Imagine it or not, my little boy would not rise up on Boxing Day and say ‘the place’s the tree?’
“He is aware of Christmas Day is over, so he isn’t upset by it.
“He’s by no means quizzed us about it anyway, which is an efficient factor. If he did I would really feel a bit extra responsible.
“I do know it is conventional to do it 12 days after Christmas nevertheless it’s not like Bear goes again to high school saying ‘my mum took the tree down early’.
My husband may be very Christmassy, it’s usually me who begins getting the containers down and begins packing away. Yearly he says to me ‘can we depart the tree up till no less than Boxing Day?’
“Final yr, I put a video on my Instagram story, saying ‘look decs are down’ and realised I am not the one one.
“My family and friends count on it from me now, a number of folks have stated ‘how does Bear really feel?’ however I simply say ‘he’s effective, he’s not bothered’.
“It’s at all times been that means, it’s not irregular to him.
“A few of my mates chortle and say ‘blooming heck, I can’t imagine you’ve taken it down so quickly’.
“However it’s a working joke now, folks will say ‘so your tree’s coming down at the moment?’ after they message me on Christmas Day. I’m identified for it within the household.”
Stacey makes certain all the things’s packed away earlier than bedtime on Christmas DayCredit score: Provided
After all of the hype of Christmas, Stacey is determined to have a break earlier than her birthday on December 28.
She says: “I don’t thoughts the festivities however I don’t benefit from the speeding round, the strain of shopping for presents.
“I hate that individuals exit of their approach to spend £50 on one thing, just for it to go within the sale. It takes the enjoyable out of the entire course of for me.
“Paul and I don’t purchase presents for anybody aside from our little boy, we don’t purchase for one another, not for folks. It’s simply an excessive amount of in any other case.
“My brother says ‘I’ll offer you a tenner’ however I’m like ‘there’s no level, I’ll simply offer you a tenner again’. I feel that takes the enjoyable out of the season.
“Plus my birthday’s December 28, to have a December birthday is terrible. Then it’s New Years, it’s simply all an excessive amount of.”