Meet the single gay ‘super dad’ who pulls out all the stops at Christmas to make it extra special for his four adopted disabled children.
Ben Carpenter, 33, places talcum powder on the stairs so Santa’s footprints can be spotted and adorns his home with festive decorations to make it resemble ‘Blackpool illuminations’.
On Christmas Eve he tells the children stories, plays Christmas music and has left a mince pie and a glass of Baileys for Santa.
Kind-hearted Ben, of Huddersfield, West Yorks, said he enjoys going the “extra mile” and often sheds a tear when he watches his children open their presents.
“This is my second Christmas with all four children Jack, 10, sisters Ruby, seven, and Lily, five, and Joseph, two.
“I like to go to extra mile by trimming up with outdoor lights which look like the Blackpool Illuminations. On Christmas morning I’m like a big kid myself.
“I wake up and I shout ‘he’s been’ and I’m always the first to go downstairs and put the Christmas tree lights on.
“Watching the children’s faces whilst they open their presents always brings a tear to my eye.”
Ben doesn’t forget to tell the children about why we celebrate Christmas.
“I always like to teach them the true meaning of Christmas, about the birth of Jesus Christ,” he added.
This year Ben has even more to celebrate as he has just been nominated for an award in the ‘inspirational individual’ category in the Yorkshire Choice Awards. The winner will be decided by a public vote, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reported.
Ben said he didn’t know who had made the nomination but he felt honoured.
“It’s amazing. I just can’t believe it. I means so much to me but is also a tribute to other parents who have adopted children…