Stevenage woman’s window painting ‘reflects the real meaning of Christmas’

Adele Jackson with her bay window painting.

Adele Jackson with her bay window painting. - Credit: Archant

A former primary school teacher says she is keeping the true spirit of Christmas alive by painting an annual nativity scene on the outside of her bay window.

The nativity scene includes a portrait of newly born Zane.

The nativity scene includes a portrait of newly born Zane. - Credit: Archant

Adele Jackson first started the tradition about 20 years ago at her home in Franklins Road, Stevenage, and always incorporates local themes and neighbourhood events.

This year the painting includes the face of new born baby Zane after a neighbour gave birth to him at the weekend.

The effort took three evenings to complete and was finished on Monday night by the 57-year-old, who used to teach at Stevenage primary school St Margaret Clitherow and Heath Mount in Watton-at-Stone.

Adele, who was lived in the street for the past 40 years, said this week: “We got a bay window facing the road and as we have a crib on the inside I thought I would paint the outside for others to enjoy – to reflect the real meaning of Christmas.

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“Every year people say how much they enjoy seeing it and some knock on my door to thank me, which is very sweet.

“I’ve even had some ask where I got my stencils from so had to tell them it’s all hand painted!”

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Adele’s sister Rosanna added: “She’s always been quite arty and had an incredible talent.

“The painting gives a lot of joy to passers by – some even bring their children to see it.”

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