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Louise Minchin: BBC Breakfast host sparks concern with post-Christmas decision ‘Bad luck’

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BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin has said her Christmas decorations cheer her up, so she is tempted to leave them in place for a little longer instead of taking them down on the traditional 12th day of Christmas. The TV presenter, who currently has her foot in a cast following surgery, divided opinion on social media with her decision.

Louise posted a picture of her beautifully-decorated real Christmas tree on Instagram yesterday, the day most people take down their lights, trees and tinsel.

Her post follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that the country will endure a third lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am tempted to see if the tree will make it through to the end of #lockdown3 it cheers me up!” the 52-year-old captioned her social media picture.

“I hope you all doing ok,” she added.

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Many took to the comments section of her post to share their thoughts on the matter.

“I have no compulsion to take my three trees down, they make me happy, not ready to lose them just yet. This is so unlike me,” one social media user commented.

“Keep it up till Candlemas Louise – we all need to do what makes us cheerful for a bit!” another agreed.

Sharing a similar sentiment, a third person remarked: “Leave it up until Candlemas – February 2nd. Victorians started trend of 12 days – so be a trendsetter & leave decs up until Candlemas!”(sic)

“I’ve left the Christmas lights up outside too much gloom around at the moment. They will stay there until March,” a fourth fan added.

However, some concerned followers had a very different opinion.

“Take it down,” one remarked, while another added: “12th night bad luck.”

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Ahead of the festive season, Louise underwent surgery on her ankle after failing to get a running injury looked at by a medical professional.

The television host branded herself an “idiot” for not getting it checked out sooner and taking part in a triathlon.

Back in December she returned to the BBC Breakfast studio and spoke about her injury online, revealing that she had broken a bone in her foot and had also snapped an ankle ligament.

The BBC star explained: “Instead of seeing a doctor I wrapped it, iced it, took some painkillers, and stopped running for three weeks before Norseman.

“It worked, and although it was tough, I finished the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and marathon, limping but ecstatic at the sense of achievement.”

“After that, my foot clearly wasn’t fixed but I keep on going from one event to another, always finding an excuse not to get it checked.

“I did a further three ultra-events before finally, after a challenging 26.2 miles on the Sandstone Trail, went to the doctor,” she admitted.

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