In a bid to spread Christmas joy, a man from Wales has spent £3,600 to turn his home into a magical winter wonderland – and “doesn’t care” how much it costs.
Naylan Dane Thomas, 31, has spent thousands on his festive display but vows he isn’t bothered about the mounting bills the hoards of LED lights will cause.
The hotel worker and Christmas enthusiast, who lives with his partner in Pontyclun, has gone all out with the jolly presentation all in an effort to bring some joy to those who may be struggling this winter – especially in the cost of living crisis.
He said: “I have always said from day one that I was always going to put the lights up and I wasn’t going to stop because of some bills.
“We live on a main road and there are schools at either end, the parents and kids absolutely love them.
“This is why we do the lights, I wanted to do it for the young kids and families that may be struggling. To see their faces light up when they see them is just great, I love it.
“Everyone is having a tough time at the moment due to the cost of living, so it is nice to give them that relief and spread some Christmas spirit.”
This will be Naylan’s second year putting on his extravagant Christmas light show, which takes him about a week to put together.
The 31 year old says the festive inspiration came after he moved into his new home last year and saw his front garden looking empty. He admitted that seeing so much space that he could use to decorate was a selling point for him when buying the house.
He said: “We just wanted to go all out and it went from there really. I had a mad weekend shopping-spree looking around for the best deals and it took numerous trips, it was a bit of a whirlwind.
“Just that weekend I easily spent £3,000 on the decorations for both inside and outside, but to me they are an investment.”
Naylan admits that some people have criticise his extravagance when it comes to decorating for the festive season, saying its “stupid” to send so much money on decorations you only use once a year.
But Naylan says he simply “doesn’t care” and said: “I put these decorations up for no other reason other than the fact I love Christmas.”
He recalled being up until 4:30am last month putting the finishing touches on his display, which often ends up being the talk of the town.
He said: “We usually get people knocking on our doors asking if their kids can come in the house and see the other decorations.
“They just love them and we have a couple of little ones who come and see them every day. We have even been given thank you notes in the past for the lights.”
“Our friends and family came for the big switch-on and it was just amazing.
“The lights go on at dusk every day and turn off at 10pm, anyone is welcome to come and see them.”