Andy Park (Mr. Christmas)
In 2001, it was estimated that since he started celebrating he had got through 30 artificial Christmas trees, 10,000 m of tinsel and 10,000 balloons, at a (then) estimated cost of £100,000. In 2005, he released a single entitled "It's Christmas Every Day", with a video featuring Mike Read and produced by Andy Whitmore. There were suggestions in the media that much of the information released by Mr Park was false, and simply to attract publicity for the single:
"His local newspaper, “The Wiltshire Times” tell us it has given up trying to do any stories on this man. Apparently, their photographer has shown up at his house several times, unannounced, in hopes of catching him celebrating. Yet, Mr. Christmas has not even let him in the door. So what exactly is going on here? This might shed some light. His latest video for his latest Christmas single. And it is just about as bad as his Christmas sweater. So there it is Andy Park, media hustler. We're obviously outraged on behalf of ourselves and all other media giants who got even slightly taken in by this clown."— Keith Olbermann
He claims that each day he eats breakfast (turkey sandwich and mince pies), then goes to work, until returning around at lunchtime to eat a full roast turkey dinner before watching a recording of the Queen's Christmas speech, sherry in hand. In 2006, it was reported that the Queen had politely declined an invitation to broadcast her speech from his house.
In an interview published in 2006, Mr. Park was quoted as saying that, over the previous 13 years, he had consumed 4,380 turkeys (one a day), 87,600 mince pies (20 a day), 2,190 pints of gravy (half a pint a day), 26,280 roast potatoes (six a day), 30,660 stuffing balls, 219,000 mushy peas, 4,380 bottles of champagne, 4,380 bottles of sherry and 5,000 bottles of wine. However, in 2001, he was warned by his doctor that the diet was affecting his health after his weight increased to 19 stone (270 lb; 120 kg).
In the media
On Monday 21 December 2009 on BBC Three he was the butt of one of Russell Howard's jokes on the Good News Xmas Special
On December 23rd 2011 he appeared on The JVS Show BBC Three Counties Radio and confirmed he was still celebrating every day.
- Museum of Hoaxes
- "Man who celebrates Christmas every day scaling back celebrations due to credit crunch". Daily Mail (London). 24 November 2008.
- "The Forgotten Christmas". BBC News. 2001-01-06. Retrieved December 15, 2007.
- "Christmas addict to get cold turkey". BBC News. 2001-12-27. Retrieved December 15, 2007.
- "Mr Christmas 'devastated ' as Queen declines speech offer". Daily Mail (London). 15 December 2006. Retrieved December 15, 2007.
- "The man who has Christmas every day". Retrieved December 15, 2007.[dead link]