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WATCH | Antrim estate decides to light up and spread festive cheer to finish off the year!

After what has been a challenging and dark year for many people, the members of one residential community in Antrim have come together in a collective effort to brighten things up and spread some festive cheer.

Last month (November), residents of Bush Manor all received an anonymous letter asking if they would each like to participate in brightening up the area as Christmas approached.

A local resident told Love Ballymena: “Some lovely person put this note through everyone’s door last month! We have people of all nationalities in our street... loads don’t even celebrate Christmas, but they have still all made the effort. It looks amazing!”

The person wrote in the letter:

‘Hello everyone of Bush Manor. I hope this note finds you well?

‘2020 has been a difficult year for most of us so I wondering if, as a community, we could try to finish it off with a little bit of festive cheer.

‘Here's my idea... Let’s light up the street for December and get as many households as possible involved! You don't have to go over the top, I know times are tough and money is tight, but even just a little light up a tree in your front garden or bush at your doorstep. Maybe some lights around gutters or even something in your window... just anything you can do to help light up your home/garden.

I know not everyone enjoys or celebrates Christmas so if this isn’t for you then totally understand but it would be amazing to get everyone involved.

Halloween was very quiet for the children this year so let’s light up Bush Manor for Christmas! They will love it and just think about the smiles on everyone's faces coming home from work to a whole street lit up with Christmas lights, I know it would brighten up my evening.

‘Thank you for taking the time to read this.

‘Merry Christmas!’

The words brought a little bit of encouragement and inspiration to everyone and the residents all got on board with the idea.

You can check out some of the beautiful light displays below.

Well done everyone! ♥️

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