I’m a Christmas fanatic and have had my decorations up since JULY – people say I’m crazy but there’s a very good reason

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CHRISTMAS fanatic Donna Ryan ended Christmas early this year – after putting her dice in JULY.

The mum-of-one, 34, from Gosport, Hampshire, has celebrated the Christmas months early since she was a teenager.

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Donna Ryan, obsessed with Christmas, already has her decs – and has done so since JulyCredit: provided
Donna's dog, Pippa, also gets involved in the festivities

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Donna’s dog, Pippa, also gets involved in the festivitiesCredit: provided

But in anticipation of the arrival of her first son, George, she’s made her two-bedroom home a party paradise.

By the time he was born on August 3, his 6ft artificial Christmas tree took pride of place in his living room, with 40 wrapped gifts underneath.

Donna claims she spent £500 to cover gifts, wrapping and even electricity.

The health worker says, “I love the feeling of excitement it brings, the smiles it puts on the faces of my friends who come to see what I have planned and the feeling of fun it brings.

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“Yes, it’s September, but I don’t care. I have festive music and scented Christmas candles are lit.

“My tree is topped with a huge white arch, white and silver balls and 500 lights.”

Donna explains that her love of Christmas stems from her parents’ strictness towards the holiday season.

She says: “As a child, I was obsessed with Christmas – but my parents always respected the 12-day Christmas rule.

“Our tree and decorations always went up 12 days before Christmas and went down 12 days after.

“I left home at 16 and started working as a barista.

“I had my own apartment and that Christmas I planted my tree in early November and started my own family tradition.

“Since then, I’ve put up my tree and decorations earlier and earlier and amassed a huge collection of Christmas ornaments.”

New balls

Donna was keen for her newborn son to arrive at her Christmas-decorated home

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Donna was keen for her newborn son to arrive at her Christmas-decorated homeCredit: provided

This year, Donna decorated with existing baubles and trinkets, including the jewel in her crown – a £300 self-contained Santa Claus.

She also spent an extra £150 to update baubles for her tree.

After the Queen’s death, royalist Donna – who named her son after the Queen’s father, King George VI – also invested in commemorative decorations.

She says: ‘I buy royalty themed baubles and Union Jack baubles to mark the Jubilee and passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

“I expect these decorations to arrive in the next four weeks and I don’t want to miss them because I know they will sell out this year.”

Yes, it’s September, but I don’t care. I have festive music and Christmas scented candles are lit

Donna Ryan

Donna has already bought £800 worth of gifts – including gifts for her newborn son George – for just £200.

His trick is to buy into the Boxing Day sales – which includes wrapping paper at 10p a roll, and socks and soaps as back-up presses for £2 a pop.

Donna estimates her careful stock planning has saved her over £1,200 on gifts and energy costs.

She says, “I planned and bought all my gifts and decorations for each room before he arrived.

“I had most of the decorations in August and I’m slowly putting the finishing touches on each piece.”

Donna tried to make her festive decorations more energy efficient this year

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Donna tried to make her festive decorations more energy efficient this yearCredit: provided

She adds, “It’s never too early to put out the decorations – for me, it brings joy and always lifts my spirits.

“I’m proud to be a ‘Christmas madman’ and I wouldn’t change a thing.

“I even dress my little Jack Russell terrier Pippa in Christmas themed outfits.

“It’s a joyful affair that I spread over four months.”

With energy bills and interest rates rising, Donna had to carefully plan her Christmas extravaganza this year.

It’s never too early to bring out the decorations – for me it brings joy and always lifts my spirits. I’m proud to be a “Christmas freak”

Donna Ryan

After doing the sums, she calculated that her elaborate indoor and outdoor fairy light display would cost her over £170 a month to run.

She invested £150 in solar fairy lights, stair lights and outdoor decorations to run for free.

She says, “I hadn’t wasted my Christmas or couldn’t afford to turn on my lights from September.

“I could have switched to LED lamps, but I decided that solar was cheaper because after buying the lamps, it’s zero.

“People always ask for advice on where to buy Christmas decorations and my help in planning their festive themes.

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“Some people have called me crazy and my friends have mixed opinions. I know some people will troll me, but I don’t care.

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Donna already has 40 presses wrapped under the tree

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Donna already has 40 presses wrapped under the treeCredit: provided
Donna's fireplace is adorned with a festive display

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Donna’s fireplace is adorned with a festive displayCredit: provided
Christmas decorations are out in force

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Christmas decorations are out in forceCredit: provided
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