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MR CHRISTMAS…
This month we are all preparing for Christmas.
Where to go, what to wear and what to buy our
loved ones. With so much to organise, how much
thought do we put into Christmas decorations? Is
it a last minute dash to throw them up or do you
really look forward to planning early every step with
military precision ? Do you make your own, do you
buy new ones every year or do you get the battered
cardboard box out of the loft time and time again?
So many questions!
R Magazine went along to meet a very unique American cheesy neon Coca-Cola plastic ‘buy what
Christmas planner who, shall we say, has a slight we tell you’ piece in sight. Suddenly we were children
obsession with the festive season. again , but in a different era!
Meet MR CHRISTMAS… AKA Mark Elliot. The next room was the ‘Crystal Room’ and we wanted
to see more.Mark invited us into his home and Christmas had well
and truly arrived. It was only mid November! As the door opened we smelt Christmas before we
saw anything. Cinnamon, cloves, oranges and thereWe were greeted with an
they were. Crystals!interior display of time
consuming, heartfelt We spotted it straight
dedication right down away, the crystal tree.This beautiful tree was
to the last Wedgwood This beautiful tree was“
bauble, and there were adorned with Swarovskiadorned with Swarovski
lots of them. crystal, £18,000 worth“
to be precise! FromNow, we are not talking crystal, £18,000 worth to
baubles right through toof a big jolly bloke here
the star on the top. Glasswith a red suit and a be precise!
and mirrored furniturewhite beard in a grotto.
complemented this themeWe were presented with
with too many subtlean exhibition of how to
touches to mention and reflections from the lighteddecorate your home and tree at Christmas, which
candles made this room very special. There was aquite frankly could be a serious contender for a Turner
second tree in this room which held it’s own againstprize. Passing through an oversized archway of pure
the crystal and this was a tree dressed only with redChristmas welcome, we entered the ‘Candy Room’.
Wedgwood baubles for contrast.From sweets to colossal lollipops from Harrods to a
giant homemade gingerbread house. The tree in this ‘Mr Christmas’ has been changing his theme with
particular room was literally jam packed with hanging something new every year for the past decade and has
festive trinkets. Somehow it didn’t seem overkill a cellar full of themed Christmas decorations carefully
because you couldn’t help but be mesmerised by the packed away. He literally goes into a shop and buys
variety and diversity of the display. A lot of the items everything….especially if there is a sale on!
were rare and old collectors items, Royal Dalton, If you want any advise from an expert or fancy a high
Waterford crystal and the whole room was tastefully endChristmastheme this isyourman.Younever know,
tuned into the theme. This was Anglo-Germanic, he might even offer his services or hire his theme out.
Charles Dickens, Pinocchio, Hansel &Gretel, not an It is Christmas after all! mark@markelliot.biz
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