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    • A home in Melbourne has been captured donning flashing Christmas lights
    • Photo was shared to Reddit with many admitting they had done the same thing
    • Melbourne is in the midst of a stage four lockdown with residents stuck at home 
    • Victorians have been warned cases need to drop to have a normal Christmas 
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    Melbourne‘s horror coronavirus lockdown has become too miserable to bear for one family who decided to brighten their spirits by decorating their home with Christmas lights – four months early.

    The homeowners lit up their one-storey house with the roof, windows and front all sporting flashing decorations – and their efforts have provided a much-needed lift to Victorians as they suffer through Stage Four restrictions.

    In any other year a home boasting Christmas lights in August would be widely criticised but as Melbourne battles through its second wave of coronavirus, many have said it’s the perfect way to cheer everyone up – and wish for an early end to a horrible 2020.

    A photo of the home was shared to Reddit with many commenters admitting they also want to dust off the Christmas decorations way ahead of time.

    One Melbourne family have decorated their home with Christmas lights four months early as the city battles through a strict coronavirus lockdown

    One said the house was decorated by his father, who has been constantly coming up with new projects during lockdown.

    ‘This is my dad. Has a new DIY project every few days. Some of them not the smartest but it is what it is,’ the commenter said. 

    ‘In any other year this wouldn’t make sense. Now everyone gets it,’ wrote another.

    ‘I don’t blame him I’m so over 2020 as well,’ wrote someone else. 

    ‘We have Christmas lights and tinsel on the house, and baubles in the garden. I hope it makes people smile as they walk past,’ said one.

    The photo was flooded with comments congratulating the man on his house with many saying they had the same thought as well

    The photo was flooded with comments congratulating the man on his house with many saying they had the same thought as well

    ‘A lot of people in my neighbourhood did this when we went into postcode lockdown. It was really nice seeing all the lights up on my way home from work!’ another commented.

    ‘I can’t blame him I’d love to skip the rest of the year and go straight to Christmas,’ someone wrote.

    Several other Victorians have taken it upon themselves to lift people’s spirits during the crushing lockdown.

    Stuart Tyson, otherwise known as the St Kilda Spider-Man, has been running around the beachside suburb dressed up as the popular superhero.

    The 36-year-old psychology student said he wanted to bring some ‘joy’ into the people around him while going for his daily jogs.

    Stuart Tyson, otherwise known as the St Kilda Spider-Man has been lifting spirits by running around the suburb dressed up as the superhero

    Stuart Tyson, otherwise known as the St Kilda Spider-Man has been lifting spirits by running around the suburb dressed up as the superhero

    The 36-year-old psychology student said he wanted to bring some 'joy' into the people around him while going for his daily jogs

    The 36-year-old psychology student said he wanted to bring some ‘joy’ into the people around him while going for his daily jogs

    ‘I had hoped it would bring some joy and smiles to other people but seeing the posts and likes online has been wonderful [for me, too],’ he told The Sydney Morning Herald.  

    The runner said he had seen a man in London do a similar thing before purchasing a suit online for $98.

    ‘I was pretty nervous. I looked in the mirror for quite a while in the costume wondering how this was going to go,’ Mr Tyson said.

    ‘I’ve been requested to fly up trees and buildings by some children and to shoot my web, which I have politely declined.’

    Another Melburnian who has taken to poking fun at the restrictions is Jodi Grollo, who is better known as ‘Karen from Brighton’.

    Jodi Grollo, who is better known as 'Karen from Brighton', has become a minor celebrity after she said she was sick of walking around her affluent suburb amid lockdown

    Jodi Grollo, who is better known as ‘Karen from Brighton’, has become a minor celebrity after she said she was sick of walking around her affluent suburb amid lockdown

    The mother has even challenged Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to a 'fight' after she was called out for whining about lockdown

    The mother has even challenged Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to a ‘fight’ after she was called out for whining about lockdown

    The mum embraced her viral nickname after she attracted online fame for a video in which she justified breaking lockdown on her daily walks because she was bored with treading the streets in her affluent coastal suburb of Brighton.

    She is even using an Instagram account to take potshots at Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews after becoming a minor celebrity, and even challenged him to a fight in a recent post. 

    ‘Karen’s next opponent is Lord Daniel of House Andrews in the battle of the Northern Face,’ the post reads.

    ‘I’ll dodge him faster then he dodges questions about hotel quarantine. I’ll lock him down like Victoria.’ 

    Many of her posts play on her posh Brighton accent, which features elongated vowels.

    ‘No self respecting Briiighton woman would be caught on Triple M. We only listen to 3AW,’ one post read.

    Another post said: ‘Can’t go to Noooooosa this year.’ 

    She also posted a video to her Instagram story - which has since been deleted - showing her preparing for the original 'Battle of the Karens'

    She also posted a video to her Instagram story – which has since been deleted – showing her preparing for the original ‘Battle of the Karens’

    The Melbourne mother has taken her newfound fame into her stride

    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) wears a more casual look than his usual suit and tie combo

    Karen from Brighton or Jodi Grollo (pictured left) appears to have more in common with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured right) than initially thought including a penchant for expensive outdoor wear

    It comes as those in Melbourne were warned Christmas celebrations would look a lot different this year.

    Victoria was initially placed into lockdown during March after the outbreak of the virus.

    Restrictions started to ease in May but cases flared up again after an outbreak in returning travellers quarantining in two Melbourne hotels. 

    Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire were plunged back into lockdown in early July and by August the whole of the state was also locked down. 

    Residents in the capital city are currently in the midst of a harsh stage four lockdown including an 8pm-5am curfew after COVID-19 cases surged.

    Melburnians are only permitted to leave their homes outside of the curfew for four reasons.

    Victorians have been warned Christmas will likely look a lot different this year as the state undergoes a harsh lockdown (pictured man crosses empty laneway in Melbourne's CBD)

    Victorians have been warned Christmas will likely look a lot different this year as the state undergoes a harsh lockdown (pictured man crosses empty laneway in Melbourne’s CBD)

    Melburnians can only leave their homes for exercise, food, to give or receive care or to work or study (pictured woman walks past National Gallery of Victoria)

    Melburnians can only leave their homes for exercise, food, to give or receive care or to work or study (pictured woman walks past National Gallery of Victoria)

    These include exercise but only for one hour a day and within 5km to their home, shopping for necessities like food, to give or receive care and for work or study.

    Face masks are compulsory across the state as the rest of Victoria undergoes stage three restrictions.

    Premier Daniel Andrews earlier this month warned families would be planning funerals instead of Christmas dinners if infection rates didn’t drop. 

    ‘What I want to do is make sure there are as many people at Christmas dinner as possible,’ he said.

    ‘Unless we get these numbers down we are going to continue to have to be asking families to plan funerals. That’s not acceptable.

    Police are seen fining a man in Melbourne for leaving his home for an unlawful reason

    Police are seen fining a man in Melbourne for leaving his home for an unlawful reason 

    ‘We need to get these numbers down. That part of the year, every part of this year, is going to look different. Until we get the vaccine this is going to be part of our lives.’

    The state recorded 179 new cases on Friday – the lowest number in five weeks – with many are hoping restrictions will soon ease.

    But Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng warned numbers would need to drop to ‘single digits or low double digits’ before Melbourne could leave the stage four lockdown.

    Mr Andrews also said measures wouldn’t be lifted anytime soon.

    ‘Even though we’ve got numbers in the low 200s and the trend is good … even at half that number if you opened up you wouldn’t have defeated the second wave, you’d just be beginning the process of a third wave,’ he said. 

    Victoria has recorded 17,862 infections in total and has had 385 deaths. 

    The state recorded 179 new cases on Friday - the lowest number in five weeks - with many are hoping restrictions will soon ease

    The state recorded 179 new cases on Friday – the lowest number in five weeks – with many are hoping restrictions will soon ease

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