A Christmas-loving couple have got into the festive spirit remarkably early this year after they started decking their halls in September.
Mary Kartesz-Wardroper, originally from Pennsylvania, and her Australian husband Alan Wardroper have been spending six months of the year celebrating the silly season for more than a decade, That’s Life reported.
The pair – who met online in 2003 – put up 700 boxes full of decorations, including 400 trees, 32 Nativity scenes, countless fairy lights and tinsel.
The couple – dubbed the real life Santa and Mrs Claus – said their electricity bill usually ‘triples’ around this time of year – and the decorations take at least two months to pull down.
‘You just can’t put a price on spreading Christmas cheer,’ she told the magazine.
When the couple struck up a romantic relationship in 2003 after they met while playing bridge online, Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper was hiding a secret.
‘I had to confess my secret – I was obsessed with Christmas,’ she said.
When he travelled to the US to meet her, she decided to leave her Christmas decorations up after the festive season so he could see her obsession.
‘If he wants to be with me, this comes too,’ she said.
And fast forward, Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper has been embracing the festive season Down Under after she accumulated her decorations over the years.
Appearing on The Morning Show, the pair revealed Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper takes full control of the decorations while her husband is out of the country.
‘Mary sends me away… I’ve been to Bulgaria, England, Wales… while she does [the decorations] and then I come back and it’s all done,’ Mr Wardroper said.
Their electricity bill usually triples this time around – but Mr Wardroper insisted they were saving power because most of their electrical appliances are not switched on.
‘Mary has a great big Christmas tree in front of our TV, the air conditioner is covered by one of the scenes in the living room so I think actually, we save power because we can’t put any electric things on, it’s pretty good,’ he said, laughing.
When the couple first met, Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper had told her now-husband that she had an obsession with Christmas.
‘I didn’t know what OCD meant until I met her,’ Mr Wardroper said.
‘But it’s not just Christmas, it’s Halloween, Easter, Harvest,’ before his wife interjected: ‘I just enjoy the holidays.’
When Halloween comes around, their home is festive on the inside and spooky on the outside.
So where do they store 700 boxes of their decorations once everything has been taken down?
‘We have two sheds but we have a friend that has a huge shed,’ Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper said.
‘So we haul about 700 boxes over to their place.’
Source: The Daily Mail