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Most families have a Christmas tree and maybe a few other festive decorations in their homes this time of year - but for one Fenland family it is so much more.

Karen Arbon, a postie in March, must be one of the biggest fans of Christmas ever, and she has turned the family home into a festive grotto to rival any you may have seen anywhere else.

The mum of two begins her decorating regime in late October early November and spends the following weeks working to make everything as merry and bright as possible in her semi-detached home in Maple Grove.

Anyone for a snowball fight from left: Archie, Karen, Avy and Jay.
Anyone for a snowball fight from left: Archie, Karen, Avy and Jay.

And it really is a treasure trove of festive fun for her children Avy, 12, and seven-year-old Archie, while Karen's long-suffering partner Jay Blackwell helps when called upon to put up the decorations.

The entire groundfloor, including the kitchen has been given Karen's Christmas sparkle, and that includes creating a winter wonderland (new for this year) in the conservatory.

Karen said: "I have always adored Christmas, it is my favourite time of year and I have always gone overboard, but it has just got bigger and bigger each year.

Jay Blackwell and Karen Arbon admire the decorations in the hallway.
Jay Blackwell and Karen Arbon admire the decorations in the hallway.

"The children love it too, although Avy is getting to the age where she is a little embarrassed, but Archie embraces it and I often find bits from my displays missing that have ended up either in his bedroom or in the display he has created outside his door.

"There are 15 Christmas trees in the house this year, the children have one each in their rooms, and the rest are dotted about downstairs.

"The idea for the winter wonderland came last Christmas when I bought a pack of fake snowballs for a snowball fight on Christmas Eve. We had so much fun it got me to thinking - now the conservatory is filled with around 2,000 snowballs and it looks magic.

Even the kitchen has been given a festive make-over.
Even the kitchen has been given a festive make-over.

"I have no idea how much I spend on decorations as I buy them throughout the year ready to start decorating in October. This year I made some giant baubles to hang over the stairs. They took about two weeks to make and were quite a challenge, but I think they look great."

There is not a surface or a window that has not been given a festive make-over and that includes the window blinds which have been gift-wrapped to look like parcels.

There are festive rugs, tinsel, baubles, Nutcracker soldiers, and even a specially created menu sign, made by Jay, to go over the oven with the Christmas day offerings on it.

Karen's partner Jay is happy to help hang decorations when required.
Karen's partner Jay is happy to help hang decorations when required.

Every year Karen creates a special themed dining table, and this year has chosen to have a more natural look with holly and other greenery.

Karen is already planning ahead for next Christmas when she hopes to use mannequins and dress them as Victorian carol singers for the garden, which will also be filled with lit Christmas trees to create an outdoors winter wonderland.

"I don't decorate the front of the house as my neighbour really goes to town and it looks good. I like to have my displays around me where I can see them, that's why any outside decorations will be in the garden. Although I did suggest to Jay that we do something on the drive and he should park his car somewhere else , but he said it was a step too far.

Christmas house at Maple Grove in March. (53759477)
Christmas house at Maple Grove in March. (53759477)

"But like the rest of he gets just excited about Christmas and none of us can wait for the big - we're sure Father Christmas will be making a visit to us."

Christmas pjs and jumpers are a must for the family from left: Karen Arbon, Avy Blackwell, Archie Blackwell and Jay Blackwell.
Christmas pjs and jumpers are a must for the family from left: Karen Arbon, Avy Blackwell, Archie Blackwell and Jay Blackwell.
Karen changes the theme of her dining table every year.
Karen changes the theme of her dining table every year.
There are around 2,000 snowballs in the conservatory winter wonderland and Archie is ready for a snowball fight.
There are around 2,000 snowballs in the conservatory winter wonderland and Archie is ready for a snowball fight.
Jay created a special sign to go over the family's oven.
Jay created a special sign to go over the family's oven.
Karen Arbon has decorated her March home for Christmas and has created a festive grotto in every room. (53761582)
Karen Arbon has decorated her March home for Christmas and has created a festive grotto in every room. (53761582)
Avy Blackwell loves her family's decorations.
Avy Blackwell loves her family's decorations.
Karen Arbon has decorated her March home for Christmas and has created a festive grotto in every room. (53761585)
Karen Arbon has decorated her March home for Christmas and has created a festive grotto in every room. (53761585)
Even the kitchen has been given a festive make-over.
Even the kitchen has been given a festive make-over.
Jay tries out the house in the winter wonderland.
Jay tries out the house in the winter wonderland.
Christmas decorations are everywhere - even the telly has a festive look.
Christmas decorations are everywhere - even the telly has a festive look.
Not a surface has been left untouched by the festive fun.
Not a surface has been left untouched by the festive fun.
Archie Blackwell in the winter wonderland created in the conservatory.
Archie Blackwell in the winter wonderland created in the conservatory.
Baubles created by Karen hang over the stairs.
Baubles created by Karen hang over the stairs.
Even the kitchen has been given a festive make-over.
Even the kitchen has been given a festive make-over.
Christmas house at Maple Grove in March. (53759482)
Christmas house at Maple Grove in March. (53759482)
Karen has even gift-wrapped the window blinds to make them look like parcels.
Karen has even gift-wrapped the window blinds to make them look like parcels.
It wouldn't be complete without the big man himself making an appearance.
It wouldn't be complete without the big man himself making an appearance.
Christmas is Karen's favourite time of year.
Christmas is Karen's favourite time of year.
Karen has always loved Christmas and buys decorations throughout the year.
Karen has always loved Christmas and buys decorations throughout the year.


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