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Homeowners become part of living Advent calendar

Homeowners have become part of living Advent calendars as they each unveil amazing Christmas-themed windows on the days leading up to December 25.

Several projects have popped up on different streets across the country in response to the pandemic, as fundraisers and in replacement of cancelled festive markets and fairs. 

Photos shared on social media of streets in London, Gloucestershire and Cheltenham show carefully crafted scenes complete with lights, silhouettes of Christmas characters and of course their specific date of the month.

One street in Harringay, north London, organised their ADVENTure trail with the help of South Harringay school which has lost hundreds in fundraising money through missed bake sales and discos this academic year. 

Homeowners have become part of living Advent calendars as they each unveil amazing Christmas-themed windows on the days leading up to December 25. Pictured is a house in Harringay, north London who displayed day number 10 earlier this week

Several projects have popped up on different streets across the country in response to the pandemic, as fundraisers and in replacement of cancelled festive markets and fairs. Pictured is a house in Harringay, north London who displayed day number three

Several projects have popped up on different streets across the country in response to the pandemic, as fundraisers and in replacement of cancelled festive markets and fairs. Pictured is a house in Harringay, north London who displayed day number three

A festive scene decorated on a window in north London this week. Photos show carefully crafted scenes complete with lights, silhouettes of Christmas characters and of course their specific date of the month

A festive scene decorated on a window in north London this week. Photos show carefully crafted scenes complete with lights, silhouettes of Christmas characters and of course their specific date of the month

Local resident Clare Bennett’s window will be number 15 in that living advent calendar. She told The Guardian: ‘We’re all really impressed with the quality of the ones so far, and there is a pressure not to let the side down.   

‘There have been endless discussions about the use of Sellotape and sticky-back plastic. It’s been quite a learning curve seeing what you need to make a window display. You can get quite lost in these discussions.’    

Organiser Liz Adams explained that the PTA is selling copies of a map of the windows for £3, but has offered the chance for people to make a larger donation. 

‘The majority of people have added extra,’ she said. ‘Our role is to make money for the school and build a community, and this does both of those things.’   

One street in Harringay, North London organised their ADVENTure trail with the help of South Harringay school which has lost hundreds in fundraising money through missed bake sales and discos this academic year. Number five is pictured on that street

One street in Harringay, North London organised their ADVENTure trail with the help of South Harringay school which has lost hundreds in fundraising money through missed bake sales and discos this academic year. Number five is pictured on that street

The tradition of advent windows had been growing in the UK, but in 2020 it has taken off, with many projects evolving out of community social media groups. Pictured is the number 11 window display on a street in Harringay, north London

The tradition of advent windows had been growing in the UK, but in 2020 it has taken off, with many projects evolving out of community social media groups. Pictured is the number 11 window display on a street in Harringay, north London 

This sweet window display in north London shows silhouettes of children opening different Christmas presents

This sweet window display in north London shows silhouettes of children opening different Christmas presents 

Cassie Martin, a teacher who lives in Cheltenham, revealed her family’s advent window on December 1. She posted about the idea on her local Facebook group and was shocked at how much interest there was in it.  

Meanwhile in south London, Katie Carruthers took on window seven, with illustrations of Santa and Rudolph.

She heard about the scheme through an aid group which was set up during lockdown.   

A festive scene decorated on a window in north London this week. This house was number 6 out of the days of advent leading to the 25th

A festive scene decorated on a window in north London this week. This house was number 6 out of the days of advent leading to the 25th 

Harringay resident Clare Bennett's window will be number 15 in a living advent calendar. She told The Guardian : 'We're all really impressed with the quality of the ones so far, and there is a pressure not to let the side down'. Pictured is number 10 on her street

Harringay resident Clare Bennett’s window will be number 15 in a living advent calendar. She told The Guardian : ‘We’re all really impressed with the quality of the ones so far, and there is a pressure not to let the side down’. Pictured is number 10 on her street

This house on Warner Road in Hornsey, north London looked beautiful with its depictions of Bethlehem and the guiding star

This house on Warner Road in Hornsey, north London looked beautiful with its depictions of Bethlehem and the guiding star

Also on the street in Hornsey was this display for the 4th of December. It featured a sunset over London and different Christmas trees

Also on the street in Hornsey was this display for the 4th of December. It featured a sunset over London and different Christmas trees

This festive window display for the 4th of December was pictured on a street in north London. Social media groups have been keeping residents up to date with the displays

This festive window display for the 4th of December was pictured on a street in north London. Social media groups have been keeping residents up to date with the displays 

This sweet window display in north London shows two robins wearing Santa hats. Lots of groups have been selling maps of the displays to raise money for local schools

This sweet window display in north London shows two robins wearing Santa hats. Lots of groups have been selling maps of the displays to raise money for local schools

This house on a road in Hornsey in north London was chosen for the first of December. It featured colourful stars and panels

This house on a road in Hornsey in north London was chosen for the first of December. It featured colourful stars and panels 

She told the publication: ‘Someone on the group had the idea, inspired by the rainbows for the NHS, and to bring a bit of cheer after a rubbish year. Loads of streets in our area are doing it.’

In Lewes, Sussex, the PTA at Wallands community primary school has set up a ’12 days of Christmas’ trail.

The school normally has a big Christmas fair, and the town had missed its traditional Bonfire Night extravaganza. 

One organiser said: ‘It’s an outlet for everyone’s creativity. The idea has gained momentum – we may be aglow.’ 


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