Andy Park (Mr. Christmas)

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Andy Park is an electrician from Melksham, Wiltshire, England, England, who styles himself "Mr. Christmas"[1] after claiming to have celebrated Christmas day every day since July 1993.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Andy Park has eaten 135,000 sprouts, 107,000 mince pies and drank 6,000 bottles of champagne since 1994.[3] He plans to marry the holiday decoration because he is completely obsessed with all things relating to Christmas.[4] Over the years he has sent himself more than 235,500 Christmas cards.[5]

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 as directly lifted from Mr. Park's Museum of Hoaxes entry[6][by whom?]

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 after threatening her majesty with the line "Broadcast from here or the Corgy gets it!".

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[edit]

On 15 December 2007, in an interview on the BBC Radio 4 programme Saturday Live, Andy confirmed he was still celebrating every day.

On 25 November 2008, the Daily Mail reported he had to change his celebrations somewhat due to the credit crunch.[7]

The Christmas 2008 episode of Have I Got News For You got contestants to find a picture of Andy on a sixpence inside a Christmas pudding.

On 28 August 2009, Park appeared as a contestant on Ken Bruce's BBC Radio 2 quiz PopMaster. He lost.

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 22 December 2009, he appeared on talkSPORT radio. He was a guest on the Ian Collins' Late Show to discuss his lifestyle.

In 2009, Mr. Park appeared in former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read's Christmas single, "My Christmas Card To You".[8]

On 23 December 2011 he appeared on The JVS Show BBC Three Counties Radio and confirmed he was still celebrating every day.

On 25 December 2012, he appeared on Nick Abbot's show on LBC 97.3 at around 23:40, confirming that he still celebrates Christmas every day.
In 2008 Bristol based band The Zen Hussies released a satirical song in tribute to Andy Park entitled Midnight in Melksham, a parody of the famous Midnight in Moscow. The song can be heard on The Zen Hussies LP Continental Adaptor (2008, Musique Dada Records, ZHV01). The lyrics, penned by one time Bard of Bath and lead singer Jules Landau are as follows; 'It's christmas every day in a Wiltshire town, an endless chore for poor old Santa Claus, Because in Melksham town, they never take the decorations down, and the turkeys just keep coming through the door, yes in Melksahm town, the Queens' speech goes round and round, and they watch The Railway Children every day...'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Britain's Mr Christmas, Andy Park". ABC News (Australia). 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mr Christmas: The man who has celebrated the festive season 365 days a year... for 15 years". Daily Mail (London). 5 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "It's Christmas everyday for festive addict Andy Park". Daily Star (London). 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Man to Marry Plastic Christmas Tree". Yahoo Voices. 31 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mr Christmas has spent £1 million celebrating every day of the year". Bath Chronicle (UK). 2 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Museum of Hoaxes
  7. ^ "Man who celebrates Christmas every day scaling back celebrations due to credit crunch". Daily Mail (London). 24 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "It's Christmas every day for Andy". Independent IE. 6 January 2014. 

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