BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin: My Christmas tree is still up

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read

Watch: Louise Minchin’s Christmas tree confession

BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin has revealed that her Christmas tree is still up and she turns the lights on every night.

The presenter said her real tree was still up in her home and was not even dropping needles.

Minchin told co-host Dan Walker: “Honestly I think what’s happening is it’s now petrified – of me probably!. It’s not dropping any needles or anything. I’ll send you a picture tomorrow.

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“I’m just going to carry on – I’m not sure when it’s going to end. It’s all there – I turn the lights on every night. I know I’m not alone.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 16:  British journalist Louise Minchin attends a photocall during the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens on August 16, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
Louise Minchin still puts her Christmas tree lights on every night. (Getty Images)

The 52-year-old said she was sure she was “not alone” in keeping her festive decorations up to brighten her mood during lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic.

She added: “I’m really delighted because I went on an essential shop and I noticed somebody still had their wreath up, which I took a picture of – I’m not alone!”

During the second national lockdown in England in early November last year, many people put their Christmas decorations up early, to lift their moods during the global pandemic.

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby was among those to join the trend, along with fellow TV presenter Rochelle Humes, Dame Joan Collins, Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh and Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon.

With lockdowns in England and Scotland and restrictions across Wales, many Britons are leaving their Christmas decorations up longer than usual to bring some cheer into the dark weeks ahead.

Read more: No, the Queen doesn't wait until February to take down her Christmas decorations

In the 17th century, and previously in the Middle Ages, Christmas decorations were kept up until 2 February, the date of Candlemas in the Church of England calendar, which celebrates the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple.

It has been widely reported that The Queen keeps her tree up until 2 February, but the Royal Collection Trust, which manages many royal residences, confirmed to Yahoo UK that they are usually taken down in the first week of January.

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