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Some are unique collectable pieces, and some – like the little red bauble gifted to her by her great-grandson – hold a special sentimental value.

The oldest baubles she owns are pink and blue ones from the 2000s, which is when she first started collecting them. Other than your classic Christmas decorations, Nana Baubles' collection counts many unique and quirky items.

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Sylvia, also known as Nana Baubles, lives in Swansea, Wales and owns a staggering 1,760 of the hanging decorations. Sylvia began buying big boxes of baubles, and as her collection grew, other people started gifting her more of them. I think it’s a children’s time. I think Christmas is a wonderful time to excite the children, so I do believe you should do the best you can for them."

Joel first broke the record in 2019 using 302 baubles, then in 2020 with 542 baubles, and a third time in 2021 with 686 baubles. Decorating his beard isn’t as easy as it looks. In fact, Joel says it’s a tedious procedure that takes quite a bit of patience. Find a category that interests you, decide you can do it, and practice until you do! It takes a lot of work for something as silly as this, but the glory is worth it.” I found that if I take my time and really focus on the individual strands of beard hair and small groups of hair, I can manage to fit so many more in there.” My wife begged me to trim my beard a little after this bauble record and I obliged and gave it a little trim—nothing major!”Her fascinating collection spreads throughout her house, with beautiful baubles hanging from the ceilings as well as on display outside her house. The most valuable item in Nana Baubles' collection was gifted to her by her granddaughter, a beautiful Royal Tea bauble. Sylvia’s record-breaking collection was assembled over many years. It contained 1760 baubles when it was officially counted in 2021. We weren’t very well off; we didn’t have a lot,” she said. “And that is why today I will do what I can and afford what I can afford to have a good Christmas for the children."

Still, Joel says baubles (and clothespins) are some of his least favourite objects to place in his beard. And even though Sylvia’s birthday fell on Boxing Day, meaning she received just one present for Christmas and her birthday combined, Sylvia was always happy. They are more like a Christmas decoration than a bauble, aren’t they?" Nana Baubles says, talking about her majestic collection and its many different pieces. The process of attaching all 710 baubles to his beard took two and a half hours and over an hour to remove them.My technique has evolved and gotten a lot more specialised over the years that I’ve been breaking the record,” said Joel. I have to remove them all individually because each one has a tiny alligator clip. If I tried to shake them out it would probably rip my beard and face off.” Joel also says that while his friends and family are proud of his latest record title achievement, they think it’s a little bizarre. Ever since then I’ve re-broken my own record every Christmas as I’ve improved my beard bauble technique.”

They think I’m nuts, and I guess I sort of am. You have to be a little crazy to break a bunch of records with your beard,” he said. Nana Baubles took years to put together such a collection, with different pieces from everywhere in the world. It really pulls on my beard. It’s painful to have all those hairs pulling at once. All those baubles add up to about five pounds,” said Joel. Every December, the extraordinary collection was beautifully displayed throughout Sylvia’s house, with baubles hanging from every inch of the ceiling.I thought, 'oh my god, this is wonderful'. They were from all over the world. And then I thought, 'I’m going to try this.'" Every year, surrounded by the spectacle of her festive baubles, Nana Baubles always tries her best to give her loved ones a beautiful celebration.

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