A MUM-OF-14 explained how she manages to celebrate Christmas Day with “preparations starting in January”.
Jennifer Johnston, 42, from County Down, Northern Ireland, gave birth to her 14th child in November – and every year she manages to make Christmas fun for the whole family.
This means she needs to make sure there’s enough seating at dinner time, as well as ensuring there are gifts for everyone, Cambridgeshire Live reported.
Jennifer and her husband Mark have 14 beautiful kids: Chloe, 23, Dylan, 21, Ethan, 20, Nadia, turns 18 on Christmas Eve, Kezia, 15, Kaleb, 14, Joell, 12, Alfie, nine, Lydia, eight, Sofia, six, Heidi, four, Ebony, three, Jaxon, one, and Freya, who was born in November.
Jennifer said: "I always loved kids and I always wanted a big family. It was always my plan, but I didn't think we would go this far.
"My mum is one of eight, that is the biggest family we ever knew, but we have gone even further."
The mum needs to be super organised to ensure her big brood always has a festive Christmas.
Jennifer said: "We have to start preparing for Christmas around January, saving for things and then putting things away. Keeping an eye on things and comparing prices, because it is an expensive time of year.
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"But the craic in this house at Christmas is just brilliant. There are just so many presents.
"I do all the cooking for Christmas dinner myself. Normally I can get everyone around the table, but I have a breakfast bar there as well, some are round the breakfast bar and some are round the table.
"My dad gets the turkey for us every year, he keeps a couple down on the farm and we always get the biggest one. My mum has it oven ready for us, so we are very lucky.
"Santa is going to be very busy with our house."
Christmas will be a double celebration this year with daughter Nadia turning 18 on Christmas Eve.
Jennifer said she always wanted a big family but admitted she never imagined this big.
Jennifer said laundry and cooking were amongst the biggest challenges she faces every day.
She said: "Keeping up with the washing and looking for socks, every morning we are looking for socks and they are so hard to find.
"Knowing what to make for dinner every day, that is a big challenge.
"If I could have a chef, that would be the one thing that I would want. The cooking is a big thing.
"On an average day I get up about half six, start to get them ready for school, get their breakfast, teeth done, coats on and out the door for school.
"Homework is just crazy, it's very hard to get them all to do it sometimes but we always get there.
"They love TV, computers, phones. They socialise now through the PlayStation. Some of them are into hockey and some of them are into football."
The Johnstons are currently building an extension onto their home, so they can have even more family in the house in future.
"It's to make a bigger living room area, we are going to make a big open plan, because we are already thinking ahead to the grandchildren," Jennifer said.
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