Family In Isolation Celebrate Mum's Birthday With A Christmas Day Bash
Many people are having to miss out on the birthday celebrations they'd hoped for as the government clamps down on unessential socialising to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak, but one mum in Wiltshire refused to let the current situation harsh her vibe - having made her family have a second Christmas Day instead.
Jacs Brady, a self-confessed 'diva', has been self-isolating with her partner Jon Lewthwaite and her three children when she turned 48 on Thursday (19 March).
Despite being stuck inside, she made sure her big day was still one to remember, and decided to turn it into a festive day packed with roast turkey, plenty of bubbly and lots of laughter.
Thankfully, art teacher Jacs and her partner Jon, 48, were able to find turkey rolls in the supermarket, while youngest daughter Lola, 14, tracked down some roast potatoes and pigs in blankets.
Amazingly, Lola was even able to go one step further when she was surprised to find advent calendars next to the Easter eggs in her local pound shop.
And in a 'hilarious' turn of events, Lola also found shelves of Advent calendars next to the Easter eggs in her local pound shop.
Jacs, from Melksham,said: "I was grumpy because I'm a bit of a diva when it comes to my birthday.
"Everywhere was shut and we'd wanted to do an escape room, or go out to a restaurant or the cinema.
"My partner and I went for a walk and I said, 'Gosh, it feels like Christmas Day, doesn't it - with everything closed and no-one about?'
"Then I thought, 'Gosh, I know what I want to do for my birthday.'
"It was so much fun - silly and hilarious. The kids are all like me anyway - we're always that really loud family.
"We just did it because the idea came in our head. We laughed at the time."
The family enjoyed a game of charades before sitting down to their Christmas feast, swapping Christmas Pudding for a good old-fashioned birthday cake.
Jacs said: "We had turkey rolls, because we couldn't get a turkey; we managed to get pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, loads of veg and really thick, lumpy gravy.
"Then we pulled Christmas crackers with jokes and hats. I got stickers in mine which is very exciting.
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"My daughter went to Poundland and they had Advent calendars right next to the Easter eggs, which is hilarious.
"So we all had an Advent calendar first thing in the morning, watched movies, ate Christmas dinner. then pulled crackers, wore party hats and played charades.
"A friend of mine had got me a bottle of bubbly for my birthday and we did family stuff we'd normally do in December - except I got all the presents!
"We haven't been panic buying because it's selfish, so we didn't have all that mad shop you get before Christmas - we just had the best bits.
"My mum and dad came over, my daughter Zoe , who's moved out, came back and we laughed all day, then we snuggled up in the evening and watched Steel Magnolias.
"They sang 'We Wish You a Happy Birthday and a Jolly Good Time', instead of 'Happy Birthday to You'.
"After I'd blown out all the cakes was the only quiet bit - when Jon put 48 candles on the cake with a huge sparkler and they all went, 'Oh my god, are you 48?!'
"The only thing we didn't have was a tree and some tinsel."
Believe it or not, this isn't even the first time the fun-loving family have had two Christmases in one year; Jon was also thrown a surprise festive fiesta for his birthday in June 2018 too.
Jacs and her friend put up a tree with fake snow in the garden, Jon was given his presents in a Santa sack and everyone feasted on a turkey buffet, making it one very merry... er, summer.
Jacs said: "It's been brilliant. Lola's still at school and I work in a school, so we've been off anyway, but it just really did feel like Christmas.
"But it's not even like this is the only year we've had Christmas twice.
"Jon's birthday is on December 24, which he hates, so a couple of years ago we did him a surprise party in June and made Christmas in the garden.
"We put Christmas trees out, we had snow, turkey and little pots of gravy for people to have with their buffet. All his presents were in a Santa sack. It was great.
"The best bit of having Christmas [on Thursday] was that usually, you have three months of miserable winter after, but today we woke up and it was sunny.
"So Christmas in June seemed like a good idea but in March it was even better."
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