Holi-yay! Putting up Christmas decorations early really does make you happier

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Steve McKeown, psychoanalyst and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told Unilad people who get into a festive frenzy and start decorating as soon as they've blown the candle out on their Halloween pumpkin, are driven by nostalgia.

Not only do Christmas decorations increase the excitement, it also gives time to bond with our neighbours and near and dear ones.

Previous research suggests that USA residents may use holiday decorations on their home's exterior to communicate friendliness and cohesiveness with neighbors.

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With Thanksgiving Day happening two days from now, many Americans are now looking forward to the day after this week's celebration not only because of the Black Friday sale but also because, for them, it is the ideal day for the Christmas tree to find its way out of the storage room and get embellished for the holiday season.

Haul out the holly: A psychologist claims that the earlier you put up Christmas decorations, the happier a person you're likely to be.

Don't let those Scrooges get you down! Experts agree that decorating early reduces anxiety, and makes people happier overall.

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He added that those who put up decorations early are just eager to relive the magic of the past.

'Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. But there is a way to break away from all this and it's down to festive decorations. Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. In fact, the report states that a house with lights and other Christmas items "cues as a way of communicating accessibility to neighbors". As Morin remarked, "Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual".

"People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else", Blair told Sky News.

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Getting overexcited and "vomiting" Christmas all over your front lawn - there's a house in every town - is not garish and obscene.

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