December 14, 2008

British man wants Christmas funeral

A British man says when it comes time for him to die he wants his funeral to have a Christmas theme, complete with elf coffin-bearers and a holiday message.

Andy Park of Melksham, who is a healthy 44-year-old, says when he dies he wants funeral attendees to enjoy themselves as best they can and is planning on having his final gathering adorned with Christmas decorations to reach that goal, the Mail on Sunday reported.

I want everyone to be smiling, Park said of his ideal funeral.

Park wants all funeral attendees to dress like Santa Claus aside from those carrying his coffin who will be dressed as Santa's elves.

The coffin will also come equipped with reindeer to pull the makeshift holiday sleigh and a holiday message from Queen Elizabeth II will be played during the ceremony, Park said.

The Mail said an undertaker has estimated the event, which will also include a performance of the song Merry Xmas Everybody, will cost nearly $104,600.