As we move through November there always seems to be a debate raging about when it’s acceptable to put up Christmas decorations. Of course, the shops have been way ahead of us for a good few weeks, but when will you start making your home look festive, and what decorations will you choose?
New research has suggested that those who put their Christmas decorations up early are happier than those who wait until closer to 25 December, with psychoanalyst Steve McKeown telling Unilad that it’s a way for people to tap into nostalgic feelings from childhood.
“Decorations are simply an anchor pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement,” he told the website.
If you have sash windows in Essex, you may want to think about how you’re going to dress them up for Christmas – will you use lights, or go with snowflakes on the window panes?
One thing you should still be mindful of is security though, with ERA Home Security’s Will Butler recently telling the Express that you shouldn’t put wires to your external lights out through a partially open window.
Doing so can provide would-be burglars with easy access to your home, he explained. At a time when thieves know homes tend to hold more valuables than normal, it’s better to be cautious and ensure everything is secure.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use external lights though, just that you need to find a secure way of providing them with power.
Given that the Unilad article also revealed that putting up decorations that are visible to others is a way of appearing friendly to neighbours, you may want to think about how your home looks from outside, as well as how the decorations look when you’re in your living room.