A woman who takes her tree down on Christmas Day has hit back at trolls who’ve compared her to ‘the Grinch’ and called her a ‘bad mum’ for doing it.
Georgia Schofield, 25, from Hartlepool, packs up her artificial fir at 5pm on the big day every year to make room for her daughter Ava’s Boxing Day birthday decorations.
The mum-of-two hit the headlines last year over the decision and has now once again attracted attention after going viral on TikTok with her @bruh.georgia account, where her video showing her doing it has had over one million views, 50,000 likes and over 800 comments.
Georgia says she isn’t phased by other people’s opinions and insists that their negativity doesn’t affect her yearly ritual.
Georgia Schofield from Hartlepool, Christmas Day has hit back at trolls who compare her to the Grinch and call her a ‘bad mum’ for taking down her decorations on the one day they’re supposed to be up
She said: ‘I take the tree and the other decorations down and replace them with Ava’s birthday stuff, of course, I do it when the kids are in bed.
‘I’ve been doing this for the past four years, this year will be the fifth.
‘It’s a lot easier for me if it’s kept simple so it’s easy to put away, as I’m a single parent so I do it all on my own.’
Georgia, who is not only mum to four-year-old Ava but also has a three-year-old son named Leo, says that although the decorations are removed quickly, she does in fact enjoy the festive period.
She said: ‘I absolutely love it because I get to see the excitement from the kids opening their presents and they love to help decorate the tree.
‘I do enjoy the Christmas period although it’s very stressful.’
She added: ‘My family and friends understand why I do it but when I went viral online for it I did get mixed opinions, which is to be expected.’
Detailing the criticism she’s faced, she said: ‘I’ve been told I’m spiteful as it’s not fair on my youngest for taking the tree down.
‘But, like his big sister, he knows no different as it’s been done all his life. I don’t really let negativity get me down.
‘You can’t please everyone but the way I see it is it’s my life and I’ll do what I want to do whether people like it or not.’
Georgia packs up her fir at 5pm on the big day every year to make room for her daughter Ava’s Boxing Day birthday decorations
Georgia is not only mum to four-year-old Ava (right) but also has a three-year-old son named Leo (left)
The mum-of-two hit the headlines last year after going viral on TikTok with a video of her taking down the tree on Christmas night
Georgia decorates the room ready for her daughter Ava’s birthday decorations the next morning
Ava beamed at her Paw Patrol birthday party last year next to her 4th birthday cake
The mother said her children don’t mind that the tree is removed so early as it’s all they have ever known
Although Ava has never asked for the tree to be taken down, the mother says she wants her daughter to have all the focus on her special day
In 2021 Georgia filmed herself replacing all the decorations with balloons for her daughter’s birthday
Georgia has received countless abuse on social media for her controversial choice, with trolls calling her ‘spiteful’ for making way for her daughter’s birthday celebrations
Social media users commented their dismay under Georgia’s video, with many hitting out at the mum for her actions
Social media users expressing their dismay said they felt the birthday of her daughter doesn’t mean the house has to be bare on December 25th.
One user added: ‘I don’t see why that means the tree has to come down lmao.’ [sic]
Mandy said: ‘Even if my birthday was boxing [day] I’d still want the tree up.’ [sic]
Another used wrote: ‘Why not just change it to a birthday tree.’
Someone else added ‘You’re a better woman than me. All I can manage at 5pm is a nap.’
Another user added ‘My birthday is the 27th and I’d cry if my mom took all the Christmas stuff down.’
Speaking to The Mirror last year, Georgia said: ‘It’s my daughter’s birthday on Boxing Day and if it was me, I’d hate the tree being up. So I try and make it as normal as possible for her special day.
‘At 4pm we’ll have a buffet and the kids are both in bed by 5.30pm. That’s when I pack away all of Christmas and replace it with Ava’s birthday decorations.’