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Laycie Beck

Nottinghamshire travellers go 'all out' for Christmas

A group of Nottinghamshire travellers have shared how they plan to go 'all out' for Christmas this year.

Newark mum of three, Teresa Beard, 33, has decorated her pitch with Christmas lights, reindeer decorations and an inflatable Santa, and described the inside of her caravan as being "like Santa's Grotto in there." She explained: "It's all for the kids so they can really enjoy it, and we went a bit all out this year.

"We had the same tree for five years and it was starting to get a bit bald so I saved and saved and decided to buy this one. I've been buying the decorations all year round as I love Christmas and the kids love it too.

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"I remember Christmas as a kid, and it was all just so magical. I also make Christmas dinner every year without fail and mum comes round as well, so we all just sit around the table and have Christmas dinner."

Teresa continued: "I have two ovens which is useful, so we have Christmas dinner at home and open presents like everybody else. It's very family orientated.

"New Year is different as we like to go out, but on Christmas day we have family round and it's all about the kids." Homemaker Bridie Lee, 35, has put her decorations up the week before Christmas, which includes a large decorated Christmas tree outside.

When asked how her family will be celebrating Christmas this year, Bridie explained: "We will unwrap presents and then we will go and see family, the same as everyone else really. We all take turns, sometimes we go there, sometimes they come here.

One family has put up an inflatable Santa (Laycie Beck)

"Usually we do go all out with decorations and there's garlands, but we have just moved here about a month and a half ago so everything is still in storage at the moment." She added that she usually makes sure her decorations are "very pretty" and "very glam."

Bridie said: "Next year things should be back to normal, it will just be a case of trying to find everything." Natasha Edwards and her children, Santanna, 6, Jamie-Lee, 4 and Reuben-Noah, 2 weeks, have been really looking forward to Christmas this year, which will be Reuben-Noah's first.

Natasha said that they always make sure to stay at home on Christmas Day and will enjoy a homemade festive dinner together. She said: "We wake up and open Christmas presents together.

"I think it's nice to be home on Christmas day." Natasha described they day as being very "family orientated" and although she has her Christmas lights up outside and has decorated the inside of their caravan she normally does even more to decorate.

She explained: "Normally I do more, but this year we haven't had the space. I normally do a lot more outside."

When asked if it was difficult to store the decorations throughout the year, Natasha said: "No, I think when it comes to Christmas decorations it doesn't matter where we put them, we don't care about taking up a lot of room as we all love Christmas.

"This year we have had to have a slim Christmas tree as we have had to put a cot up. This is the first year we have decorated the back of the tree as well as the front of it."

Jamie-Lee, Santanna and Reuben-Noah (Laycie Beck)

Mum of two, Amanda Price, 23, described Christmas day at her home as "chaos." She explained: "There will be wrapping paper absolutely everywhere."

Amanda said that she and her family usually spend the day at home for Christmas dinner but that "this year we are all going out for it." When asked about her decorations, she added: "everything is all decorated inside and out."

A woman in her seventies who did not wish to be named explained that her Christmas day was all about family. She has decorated her home with Christmas lights, wreaths and decorations, which she started putting up the first week of December.

The week leading up to Christmas she said: "I haven't finished them yet to be honest, there's lots left to do. I do usually do a bit better than this really but I'm just struggling with my back at the minute so I have to wait for someone to help."

She has lived on Tolney Lane for more than 40 years and makes sure to decorate as best as she can every year. When asked how she plans to celebrate Christmas this year, she said: "The family will come over first thing Christmas morning to open presents and then we will have dinner."


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