Mum puts up her Christmas decorations in September, with 5,000 lights

By Neil Shaw

A mum has gone all out to cheer up her kids and neighbours by putting up her Christmas decorations three months early - including 5,000 outdoor lights.

Caroline Gabe, 47, has covered her house in festive decorations weeks ahead of everyone else for the second year running.

The mum-of-three opted to get festive in September last year and decorated the front of her house to raise spirits in the run up to last Christmas.

This year, she has done the same again - but has aimed to beat her previous decorations with more lights and decorations than before.

Her decorations include several 8ft inflatables - including two Santas, a giant tree and an 8ft reindeer - and she says she loves it so much she'll do the same every year.

Caroline from Caewern, Port Talbot, Wales, said: "I loved the reaction we got last time - so this year I have gone bigger

"I have added more inflatables and nearly two thousand more lights.

"It makes me and my kids happy, and it cheers up the neighbourhood - we get lots of people travelling down to see the house.

"I will never get sick of Christmas - it's my absolute favourite time of year.

"I reckon this will become a routine for us every year now!"

Last year the mum-of-three bought her vast collection of decorations while shielding because her son Theo, six, has severe asthma.

The front of the house was decked with 3,000 fairy lights, sparkling snow, an 8ft inflatable snowman, as well as Santa and his reindeer.

After seeing how last year's decorations cheered up her three sons Jack, 23, Harry, 13, and Theo, and her neighbours, she aimed to out-do last year's this September.

Last week (4) Caroline undertook a 12-hour mission to decorate the house with nearly 5,000 warm white lights as well as even more giant inflatables.

These include an 8ft inflatable gingerbread man, penguin, Christmas tree, snowman and reindeer.

Caroline estimated she'd spent over £1,000 on the vast collection of decorations.

She said: "As a family, we all love Christmas.

"It's just light and bright and a nice way of cheering people up.

"It's put smiles on a lot of people's faces - people have slowed their cars as they pass, stopped to get pictures and messaged me on Facebook to compliment the house.

"You do get the odd car going past and you see them shaking their head, but I just laugh.

"It just makes me want to put more and more up!

"I will definitely keep doing this every year now."

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