Christmas-mad grandmother, 77, kits out home with £30,000 festive decorations

A Christmas-mad grandmother has turned her home into a grotto visited by thousands of children for the tenth year running, despite her husband being a real-lifer Scrooge.

Betty-Ann Jones, 77, of Pontadawe, near Swansea, pledged that last year would be the final time she took out her £30,000 collection of baubles, trees, Santas and reindeer.

But Mrs Jones is a real-life Mrs Christmas - and she gave in when she was asked by her granddaughter to open the house once again.

She has decorated her home with more than 2,000 different decorations from around the world after more than 50 years collecting them - leaving husband Keith with only the toilet free from the festivities. 

From a 7ft sleigh to 73 snowmen in her living room, every inch of Mrs Jones's home is full of festive decorations. 

Betty-Ann Jones of Pontadawe, Swansea, with her husband Keith, pledged that last year would be the final time she turned her home in a grotto. But has decided to break her promise

Betty-Ann Jones of Pontadawe, Swansea, with her husband Keith, pledged that last year would be the final time she turned her home in a grotto. But has decided to break her promise

She has decorated her home with more than 2,000 different decorations from around the world after more than 50 years collecting them

She has decorated her home with more than 2,000 different decorations from around the world after more than 50 years collecting them

Over the years, Betty-Ann has opened her home to hundreds of local children, and asked for a charitable donation

Over the years, Betty-Ann has opened her home to hundreds of local children, and asked for a charitable donation

Betty, pictured, said: 'I have spent over £30,000 on my collection which sounds crazy but it is over a long period of time'

Betty, pictured, said: 'I have spent over £30,000 on my collection which sounds crazy but it is over a long period of time'

Whilst Mrs Jones is dubbed 'Mrs Christmas' by the locals, husband Keith, 76, is nowhere near as festive, and Mrs Jones even claims he's a real life Scrooge who thinks her obsession is 'bonkers.'

But after spending the last 50 years dedicating her time to Christmas, Mrs Jones previously claimed she was finally hanging up her stockings after claiming she's getting too old to put all her decorations up.

Yet, once the season came around again, Mrs Jones truly couldn't resist and is now celebrating her tenth year of running her grotto.

Mrs Jones, a grandmother of three, said: 'Keith is sick to death of the house being a Christmas grotto. I have spent over £30,000 on my collection which sounds crazy but it is over a long period of time and I do have over two thousand decorations now.

'I love the festive period which is why I start it all in August. All photos on the wall have been replaced by stockings, one for each member of the family, and like it or not, even Keith has one up there.

'My

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