My name is Natasha Hinde and I bloody love Christmas. There’s something completely and utterly magical about this time of year: the food, the drink, the get togethers, the twinkling lights, not to mention the German markets, mulled wine and piling on all the warm winter woollies you can muster – it sends me into a state of pure and unadulterated bliss.
I’m probably one of the biggest Christmas fans in the HuffPost office. My first taste of a mince pie arrived in October, I’ve had an array of festive decorations on my desk since the start of November and when I received a mini Christmas tree in the post last week, I actually squealed out loud with delight.
When my editor set me the challenge of finding someone who loved Christmas more, I scoffed. After all, who could love it more than me?
Well, it turns out quite a few people, actually. In fact, I feel my love of Christmas pales into insignificance when pitted against these three jolly souls – particularly the guy who celebrates Christmas every single day.
Enter stage right: Andy.
‘I just want to do something that makes me feel happy’
Andy Park, otherwise known as Mr Christmas, has been celebrating the festive event every single day for the past 25 years now, which – I have to hand it to him – shows serious commitment.
The jolly chap from Melksham in Wiltshire said his family thinks he’s “a bit crackers” (pun 100 per cent intended, how we chortled), but he wouldn’t change his habit for the world.
“I see so many people around that look so fed up with life and I think: ‘Oh I would hate to be like that.’ I just want to do something that makes me feel happy,” he told me.
A typical day for 51-year-old Andy sounds dreamy…