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I’ve spent £11k on decorating my house and have 21 Christmas trees – my neighbours pay me £500-a-go to do theirs too

A MAN has told how he’s spent  £11,000 on festive decorations - and even has 21 Christmas trees dotted about his three-bed South Wales terrace. 

Danny Price, 35, from Cwmbran, near Cardiff, usually starts putting up his festive display in early November.

 Danny is adamant he loves interior design - not Christmas
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Danny is adamant he loves interior design - not ChristmasCredit: Collect

He plans his theme the December the previous year, with this year’s being mustard, gold and royal blue, a departure from last year’s Nordic display.

But he claims he’s NOT obsessed with Christmas, although his friends and family disagree even nicknaming him Danny Christmas.

Well known in his local town, people stop him in the street and ask for Christmas advice and the best way to hang fairy lights. 

“I get asked that daily,” he said. “And I start getting direct messages on Facebook from about September.”

 He gets in the festive spirit early
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He gets in the festive spirit earlyCredit: Collect

“But I’m not a Christmas fanatic, I’m just obsessed with interior design,” mental health worker Danny protested.

“This year my house is like a forest. I have 18 real trees indoors with the main one costing £500, one outdoors and two glass ones in the bathroom. 

“It looks fabulous.”

Danny is so dedicated to his vision he even decorates his bathroom - sticking fake snowflakes on his shower glass.

His duvet sheets are Christmas-themed and he has a garland running up his banister and several more outside.

 Danny's impressive kitchen display
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Danny's impressive kitchen displayCredit: Collect

He only uses festive crockery, has an ornate displace of festive china mice and his dogs even wear reindeer ears. 

The inside of his house is so spectacular people are now paying him to decorate their homes and trees.

“I charge up to £500,” he said. “People think it’s worth it. I go into their homes and ask the kids what they like.

"For example recently one family had two children. They said they liked Marvel and unicorns, they went out and I got to work.

“By the time they had got home I had sneaked out.

 People have stopped him to buy his wreathes
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People have stopped him to buy his wreathesCredit: Collect

“They thought elves had done it.”

Single Danny said he has decorated around 100 trees for other people and has made thousands of pounds, which he uses to fund his own decorations. 

His mini business started when a passing doctor knocked on his door and asked if could buy his wreath from his front door. 

“I had made it from wood in the garden and wrapped ribbon around it. He called, said he loved it and asked where could he buy one.

“After I told him I made it he bought it from my front door for £100.”

Danny admitted he wanted his home to replicate the kind of American houses you seen decorated in Hollywood Christmas films.

 Danny doesn't leave any of his home undecorated
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Danny doesn't leave any of his home undecoratedCredit: Collecy

“I want it to look like the mansion in Home Alone,” he confessed. “And it’s getting there.

“I have an Instagram page with some of my house pictures on and people do comment on it. 

“I have people and companies from the US contact me and say they love it and send me gifts.

"Some of the best things I’ve got have been devices which you put on baubles so they rotate on the tree - they are wonderful.

 A previous year's design
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A previous year's designCredit: Collect

“Any spare cash I get I buy decorations. I always get something special when I go away.

“I want the biggest and best tree.”

Discussing his themes, Danny said he decided them on the whim - and had already planned a woodland-themed Christmas for 2020.

“I have to just go with it,” he laughed. "If I just put up a normal tree, people would think I was seriously ill.

“But it is funny as I am just a normal boy who lives in a normal terrace in Wales.

“I just happen to live in Christmas forest.”

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