Meet the real Mrs Christmas who transforms her home into a winter wonderland
From cancer survivor to Mrs Christmas – meet the inspirational mum with a grotto that even Santa would be jealous of.
Michelle Pulis, who beat stage three breast cancer, now hosts a Christmas bonanza like no other.
Hundreds of neighbours, friends and family flock to her home every December to see it transformed from a normal three-bed semi to a winter wonderland.
The festive funhouse includes a whopping 20,000 lights, 1000 metres of cabling, a whimsical Lego nativity scene and a handmade miniature Bethlehem the size of the family’s garage.
To add to the magic on opening night, a Santa awaits the littlest fans in his sleigh, fake snow blasts over the crowd and dozens of twinkling reindeers, Christmas trees, and light-up snowmen fill the front lawn.
Guests are treated to mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and homemade treats from Michelle’s friends and family.
And it’s in all aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, which helped Michelle through her darkest times with counselling and courses.
Now every year, Michelle and her husband Ian, 39 a department store manager, call in goodies from local businesses for a yuletide raffle, as well as a quirky quiz for the children to fill in for a top prize.
Part time administrator Michelle, 39, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, said: ‘It all started four years ago as a bit of fun for our boys Ollie, 10 and Stanley, seven and it’s got bigger and bigger ever since.
‘Now, Ian has to start putting the decorations up in October to get it finished on time. It takes a full two months.
‘On the night when we switch on the lights, there’s such an energy and all the kids are so excited to be a part of it.
‘It’s all the more special because it’s really brought our community together and we’re friends with all of our neighbours now so the Christmas cheer continues all year round.’
This year’s switch on has already topped donations of £1000.
Gillian Barnett of Rennie Grove Hospice Care added: ‘Michelle’s fantastic light display has become a true highlight of our festive calendar every year.
She’s a real Mrs Christmas, giving everyone a seasonal treat while raising much needed funds to support the specialist nursing care we provide to local patients and families.’
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