Andy Park (Mr. Christmas)

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

Personal life[edit]

Over the years Park has sent himself more than 235,500 Christmas cards.[3]

In 2005, he released a single entitled "It's Christmas Every Day", with a video featuring Mike Read and produced by Andy Whitmore.[citation needed]

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 an interview published in 2006, 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).[citation needed]

Mr Christmas also sent in his song via post to The Scott Mills show on BBC Radio 1 and was opened live on air on 9th August 2018. It was played until listeners text in requesting the song to be stopped. Chris Stark and Scott Mills exchanged talks over how it could be a number one if it was recorded in a studio.

In the media[edit]

On 15 December 2007, in an interview on the BBC Radio 4 programme Saturday Live, Park said he was still celebrating every day.[citation needed]

On 25 November 2008, the Daily Mail reported he had to change his celebrations somewhat due to the credit crunch.[4]

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, Park appeared in former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read's Christmas single, "My Christmas Card To You".[5]

On 8 December 2015, Park appeared on the Channel 5 documentary Crackers about Christmas. The show explains how Park wanted his single to reach Christmas number one and he still follows his daily routine now in 2015, however, following recent reports in the Daily Mirror, he has decided to stop celebrating daily after Christmas 2015 due to wiping out his savings and being at risk of losing his home.[6] However, after just two weeks of abstention, Park returned to celebrating every day, citing his love for the holiday being too great.[7]

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. ^ "Mr Christmas has spent £1 million celebrating every day of the year". Bath Chronicle. UK. 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Man who celebrates Christmas every day scaling back celebrations due to credit crunch". Daily Mail. London. 24 November 2008.
  5. ^ "It's Christmas every day for Andy". Independent IE. 6 January 2014.
  6. ^ Geraldine McKenzie and Peter Robertosn (19 December 2015). "Festive fan has celebrated Christmas every day for the last 22 years at a cost of £2 million". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Man celebrates Christmas every day for 23 years I tried to quit but I love it too much'". Daily Express. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2017.

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