CHRISTMAS is a time to let your imagination run wild and make homes sparkle.
The residents of Elsie Fudge House, in Waterlooville, certainly did themselves proud when they won a competition to decorate the lounge of their sheltered accommodation.
Portsmouth City Council ran a contest to find the most beautifully decorated room for Christmas.
Elsie Fudge House residents pipped others from Leigh Park and Wecock Farm.
The council’s resident participation team, which runs a regular craft group called the Friendly Club, in Crookhorn, organised the competition.
They awarded the top prize to the Waterlooville residents and handed over a £30 B&Q voucher after being won over by their festive flair.
The group pooled their resources together and bought new decorations from as far afield as Petersfield, including an illuminated snowflake and Christmas tree light to make the room really glow.
A dining table was laid out in festive red with crackers and a silver candelabra.
Tom Whiting made a sledge and donated a real Christmas tree, and other residents donated additional decorations including an ornamental reindeer.
Mr Whiting said the group had a lot of fun putting up the decorations.