A Tree-mendous surprise

The Pennistons have been given a giant Christmas tree
The Pennistons have been given a giant Christmas tree

A giant tree is lighting up the festive season for a family whose Christmas was ruined last year by burglars.

The Penniston family, from Maulden, were given the tree, which is so tall it appears to come out of the roof, by the Marks and Spencer fairies, Magic and Sparkle.

Finlay jumps for joy as the tree passes through his room

Finlay jumps for joy as the tree passes through his room

It was installed as a surprise for the family’s two children, Finlay, 7 and Jasmine, 12, to discover after a sledging trip.

In 2013 the Pennistons popped out for a last-minute shopping trip. When they got home, they found the front door wide open and the house raided by burglars.

While the family recovered from the loss of their children’s Christmas presents, it was the sentimental items and the emotional impact which had the biggest effect.

Both of the children’s first teeth were taken as well as family photo albums. Finlay and Jasmine were too scared to sleep in their rooms for months and have only recently started to feel comfortable around the house.

The Pennistons have been given a giant Christmas tree

The Pennistons have been given a giant Christmas tree

The couple even had to postpone their wedding to deal with the traumatic event.

Finlay said: “This is the most epic Christmas we’ve ever had. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the tree!

“I don’t know how the fairies did it. Last Christmas I was scared to even go in my bedroom, now it’s the best room ever!”

Mum Nicola, 35, said: “Last Christmas was a tough time for us, we just didn’t have a Christmas at all in the end.

“The most upsetting part was losing all the irreplaceable items, we’ve just had to come to terms with the realisation we’ll never be able to replace them.

“It’s so nice of the two fairies, they’ve really made our Christmas, the kids are beside themselves with excitement!”

The 25-foot tree took 24-hours to install and contains more than 100 metres of Christmas lights.

It is decorated with a hundred decorations created by school children from around the UK, containing details of kind deeds.

The M&S fairies themselves top the tree, which stretches through the family’s living room and up through Finlay’s bedroom before emerging out from the roof.

Magic and Sparkle front the store’s campaign to deliver trees to deserving families and organisations.

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