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Christmas starts early to put up dazzling display

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Sylvia Pope from Morriston who has decorated her living room with more than 1700 Christmas baubles

Sylvia Pope from Morriston who has decorated her living room with more than 1700 Christmas baubles

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FORGET decking the halls with boughs of holly!

For Sylvia Pope has a more tasking job to do before Christmas.

Every year the 69-year-old grandmother spends the weeks from September onwards decorating her Morriston home.

But we are not talking about flashing fairylights, giant snowmen, or a Father Christmas sticking out of chimney here.

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Sylvia's home is more unbelieve-bauble than that!

With 1,750 decorative Christmas baubles to pin up, it is no wonder Sylvia, of Heol Cefni, likes to be prepared.

The sparkling ornaments, some of which cost more than £14 each — come from places as far away as Egypt and New York.

"I love them and everyone smiles when they see how many I have hanging above my living room," she says

"I began collecting Christmas baubles back in 1999 and I now have more than 1,750.

"I started in September and now they are nearly all up. Although it is hard not to get tempted to buy more once I have done the display, I try to leave a bit of space for any new additions I may find on my travels."

Sylvia started collecting Christmas baubles back in 1999 and her bauble haven includes a London red bus, a New York taxi, aeroplanes, an old-fashioned telephone, helicopters, and even a can of Coke.

"I've got all of the Seven Dwarfs up there. I've got a cup cake with Father Christmas on top, along with the wolf from Red Riding Hood, candy sticks and champagne.

"I haven't really got a favourite but the most unusual are probably the Empire State Building or Yankee Stadium."

Every March — when Sylvia takes the glittering baubles down — she has to redecorate the ceiling.

"The only downside is that they get very dusty and when I take them down I have so many holes in my ceiling I have to re-paint it.

"But I love collecting baubles which are a bit different. Some people bring them back from their holidays for me and some have many memories.

"The photographs don't do all the baubles justice compared to seeing them up. They are such a talking point and visitors just can't believe it when they see them."

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  • Julesbreadbox  |  November 09 2012, 3:10PM

    It's this time of the year again when we warm up Christmas stories we've read the year before. And the year beofre that, and the year before that..... Another EP non-story.

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  • brochadav  |  November 09 2012, 12:22PM

    I'm no Scrooge, I love Christmas and even more so since we had children, but can't Christmas wait til December? Every year it seems to start earlier and earlier. Big business puts more and more pressure on us to buy expensive ( and far too often rubbish) presents. They seem to be making out we're bad parents if we don't give our kids everything they want. Christmas is about more than spending money. This year why not try helping out an elderly neighbour, buy one less present for your kids and give it to secret Santa. Spend time with friends and family, with loved one's. And leave the decorations at least until the first week of December. Christmas feels less special when it is dragged on too long.

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