St Heliers Home of Holiday Cheer

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Two of the twenty plus Christmas trees in Jane Simmons' St Heliers Bay home. Photo: Rebecca Scheib
Two of the twenty plus Christmas trees in Jane Simmons' St Heliers Bay home. Photo: Rebecca Scheib

One Auckland resident takes the decorating of her home for Christmas very seriously.

Every year Jane Simmons from St Heliers transforms her home into a Christmas wonderland, with over 10 Christmas trees scattered throughout her home.

There’s a story behind every tree, decoration and even every bauble.

Each Christmas tree even has its own theme: there’s the Cupcake tree, the Butterfly tree, the Candy Cane tree but her favourites would have to be the All Blacks tree and the Whores, Handbags and Heels tree.

Simmons’ love for the festive season has spanned decades, and she has taken a little piece of Christmas from most countries she has travelled to.

Her collection is forever expanding, the latest addition to her display being a light-up neon pink tree from New York.

Simmons is a profound fan of the All Blacks. After the poor performance of the All Blacks in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Coach Sir Graham Henry came under fire from much of New Zealand.

But Simmons stayed true to her team and their coach by having two Christmas decorations specially made for her All Blacks Tree with the inscription “IN TED WE TRUST.”

Specially made All Black Christmas tree decoration
Specially made All Black Christmas tree decoration. Photo: Rebecca Scheib

After the All Blacks had been declared victors of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, a chance meeting with Sir Graham Henry turned into a gift exchange.

Simmons sent him one of the specially made Christmas decorations for his tree and in return, he hand delivered a signed copy of his book Sir Graham Henry Celebrates the World Cups.

Enwrapped in her love for Christmas, Jane enraptures all who are welcomed into her home of holiday cheer.

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