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Man Celebrates Christmas Every Day
Status: Probably a hoax
image Andy Park claims that he celebrates Christmas every day:

Since "becoming Mr Christmas" in 1993, the 45-year-old electrician has eaten 109,500 sprouts. He devours 25 of them with a full roast-turkey dinner daily before watching a recording of the Queen's speech, sherry in hand... So deep is his love for Christmas that, over 12 years, he reckons he has 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. He has given 21,900 presents, mainly to himself, and spent £12,000 on lights and effects. "I've spent about £250,000 celebrating Christmas for the past 12 years," he said. "I've also got through 36 ovens and 42 video recorders by watching the Queen's speech as well as Christmas films." His daily routine consists of breakfast - six mince pies and a turkey sandwich - then doing his work as an electrician until about 11.30am when he returns home to cook his roast.

However, MSNBC smells a rat, suspecting that Park is lying about his daily Christmas celebration in order to help sell a single he's just released, titled "It's Christmas Every Day." Keith Olbermann reports (the relevant section is about halfway down on the linked page):

Certain things didn‘t seem to add up. How could he afford all this? How come he wasn‘t morbidly obese from all those Mince pies? How come we only heard about him during the holiday season? This demanded a “Countdown” investigation... Our suspicions began when the German TV network ZA DA F (ph) went to visit him celebrating Christmas. And its people came back with a distinctly punked feeling. First off, the man asked for 200 pounds for the interview. That‘d be about $350. Then he asked for more money. Then he screwed up his own shtick about his supposedly endless Christmas...
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.


(Thanks to Joe Littrell for the link.)
Categories: Folklore/Tall Tales
Posted by The Curator on Sat Dec 17, 2005
Comments (18)
I don't know if that's the same guy, but I saw a similar story in the book Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Planet Eccentric. I'm pretty sure it's real. People will do anything to get attention these days.
Posted by Alex K  in  the peach state  on  Sat Dec 17, 2005  at  02:35 PM
Yeah, I saw the same thing in Ripley's Believe it or Not. I'm pretty sure its the same guy, if not... same story basically...
Posted by Jackie  on  Sat Dec 17, 2005  at  05:39 PM
I like to dress up for Halloween every day.







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Posted by black domina  on  Sat Dec 17, 2005  at  07:14 PM
Man, Xmas happens too often as it is. Every day? Hell no.
Posted by Steph  on  Sun Dec 18, 2005  at  05:56 PM
THIS the mainstream media can spend resources on investigating. The continuing erosion of civil rights and a highly questionable war, they're not so interested in. Good to see they have their journalistic priorities straight. By all means, let's get to the bottom of the "guy who celebrates Christmas every day." Woodward! Bernstein! To the Batmobile!
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Dec 18, 2005  at  07:51 PM
It strikes me as obvious that the diet this guy claims to have eaten for twelve years would kill anybody within a few months.

Case closed.
Posted by Big Gary in Fairbanks, Alaska  in  Fairbanks, Alaska, USA  on  Sun Dec 18, 2005  at  11:04 PM
<b>Looks like the "media giants" have to eat crow instead of Christmas turkey this year...<b> <b> <b> smile
Posted by Archangel  on  Mon Dec 19, 2005  at  03:10 AM
Sorry, bad joke there...
Posted by Archangel  on  Mon Dec 19, 2005  at  03:11 AM
</b></b></b></b></b>Oops, left bolding on!
Posted by Archangel  on  Mon Dec 19, 2005  at  03:15 AM
I also remember seeing a television programme about this man a few years ago, It was one of those that look at strange people. I think it is true. grin
Posted by Wembley  on  Mon Dec 19, 2005  at  02:56 PM
I've heard about this guy a thousand times (although i don't know his face so it could be another guy) He does really do all that stuff! He sends himself presents everyday. A 'christmas' diet won't kill you in a couple of months though...
Posted by Jimmytheexploder  in  UK  on  Mon Mar 27, 2006  at  09:00 AM
I wouldn't want to be in the same room as him. Imagine the guff. I'm surprised he hasn't gassed himself.

Never mind 36 ovens & 42 vidoes. I want to know how many toilets this guy has got through in pursuit of his obsession.
Posted by Kramp  in  Eastbourne  on  Thu Dec 21, 2006  at  07:13 AM
Actually, the guy's for real - he was even told by his doctor to quit cos he was going to give himself a heart attack. However, after a recent outbreak of bird flu at a Bernard Matthews turkey farm (the main supplier of turkeys in UK) he's decided to switch to beef for his Xmas dinner.
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Mon Mar 05, 2007  at  07:58 AM
I may be crazy enough to claim it is Christmas every day ... but I'm NOT Crazy enough to eat like it!

All I wanted to do was 'Give Away' free Christmas Presents to all, Naughty OR Nice: providing you had internet access and spoke english ... I've ONLY been doing this 2 months so this guy's been crazier MUCH longer - admittedly ...

And, No, I don't have a book to sell nor do I plan one any decade soon ... As a Matter of Fact there is NOTHING for Sale at http://softwaresanta.com/smf/ :D

(OK I'll Shoot myself in the Foot here: March 17th it MIGHT be Christmas over at 'Software Leprechaun' instead ... )
Posted by Software Santa  in  The West Pole  on  Wed Mar 07, 2007  at  01:45 PM
He is a total fake and I say that as I worked with his niece for about four years.

I remember talking to her about him as she had mentioned he was her uncle. I asked if he was genuine and she smiled nervously and said "I couldn't possibly say". Case closed.

As others have said, if it was real he'd be dead or morbidly obese.
Posted by Lucky74  in  Wiltshire, UK  on  Wed Dec 22, 2010  at  06:34 AM
ive actually been to his property (he sells household appliances) and his house is like a grotto. it was july when i visited him, and to be truthful, i had never heard of him before. His living room is decorated in christmas decorations including tree, and his dining room was laid out in a similar style.
I dont know about a fake, i didnt see him eat turkey or anything like that, but he definately very eccentric.
Posted by madcoo  in  wiltshire  on  Mon Jan 24, 2011  at  02:44 PM
You'd think he'd get bored of doing the same thing over and over again....I would
Posted by Rachael  in  Shetland  on  Thu Apr 07, 2011  at  11:56 AM
Well, I had a job interview over the phone with him and met him on his doorstep a few years ago. No suggestion of any fakery, he works as a songwriter and made enough money to move to an upmarket neighbour, flash car in the drive etc. He was offering a lot of money to me to be a butler. Although his neighbours had much better outdoor decorations than he did.
Posted by Robin Hodson  in  Chippenham, Wilts, UK  on  Sat Jul 09, 2011  at  06:07 PM
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