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Sheffield couple’s spectacular Christmas display that’s made their home famous


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A Sheffield couple have become famous on their street for their show-stopping Christmas decorations.

Phillip and Sarah Gratton have lived in their home in Meadowhead, Sheffield for the last nine years and, every year, they deck their house out with an abundance of bright lights and other festive decor.

The decorations are so eye-catching that Phillip, 41, and Sarah, 38, have now become something of local celebrities in their area – with complete strangers even posting Christmas cards through their door.

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Phillip’s “obsession” with decorating his house began 14 years ago when he would decorate his old house for his young children who would delight at the flashing lights and pretty colours.

But, even though his children are now grown up, Phillip said that he has continued his labour of love because it “just exploded” and his decorations get bigger every year.

Not a single spot in the front garden is missed

He told YorkshireLive : “My nan, who has sadly passed, bought us our first light and then I did it for my kids who are older now and it just exploded, every year it just gets bigger and bigger.

“And every year when I’m putting it up I get new ideas for next year. I like the creativity, rather than just bulking on lights, I try to find the moveable lights or I restore old ones.”

Phillip said that he now has a mix of old lights – with some dating back to the 1970s – and newer lights, which make his home a real Christmas spectacle.

“The amount of people that pass, you see buses and then the next minute people all turn their heads”, Phillip said about his striking home, which is well placed on a busy main road so that plenty of people can appreciate his efforts.

Phillip and Sarah love decorating their house

But, for Phillip and Sarah, who also own traditional sweet shop Pamela’s Sweetie Shop in Woodseats, it is the delight that young children get from seeing the fun displays that makes it all worthwhile.

“Now, we switch them on a bit earlier and the screaming and excitement you hear as kids walk past… it’s not something I’d planned to do it’s just happened”, Phillip said.

He added: “We get Christmas cards off random people and we now have a little Santa’s letterbox outside.

Christmas 2021

“I personally drop off a reply letter with some sweets from the sweet shop and a reply from Santa, so all the kids that put a letter in there get a reply.”

And far from just being something pretty for passers-by, Phillip and Sarah are also using their colourful displays to raise money for charity – with this year’s choice being the Friends of Woodseats Playground in Graves Park.

Phillip said: “Last year we did a cancer one and this year we wanted something on our doorstep where everyone uses it.

“What they [the Friends of Woodseats Playground] do is buy new play equipment or repair old stuff and, as all families take their kids to Graves Park, we just thought it was a local and deserving cause.”

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