By Jessica Bayley, @JBayleyWrites, follow Jessica on Instagram at xjess_bayleyx

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Is mid-November too early to be pulling down that ladder, climbing up into the attic and bringing down the Christmas decorations? On a normal year, many people may answer 'yes' without hesitation, but we have not had a particularly normal year.

If you are an early celebrator year after year you will be all too familiar with the shocked expressions that come almost like clockwork when you tell people that 'yes, the tree is up already'. But as we have all realised this is no ordinary year and many of us are already starting to dot our festive furnishings around the house a little earlier than usual. So, let us all agree to spare the November Noels some judgement this year.

Most people, Scrooge excluded, enjoy, and look forward to the comforts of a decorated house over the Christmas period. With the chaos that 2020 has brought us, there is all the more reason to try to make Christmas this year that extra bit special.

Student houses, your favourite café and that beautiful outdoor bar in town all have one thing in common…fairy lights! If you find yourself admiring the lights in places like these then why should you deprive your home of that same twinkle? You will be surprised in the best way by how a simple string of lights can transform your home.

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With lockdowns and restrictions, people are staying in their homes more than ever before and the extra level of warmth that the Christmas decorations bring cannot do any harm. We may all be missing a feeling of familiarity and for many of us Christmas is the main time of year when our houses feel full of people. So, decorating might make your home look similar to how it usually looks when you are in it more- whether that be alone, with family, a partner, or friends. A familiar feeling may have felt out of reach during the rest of this uncertain year, so we must try to hold onto it and treating ourselves to extended festivities could be just what we need.

It’s safe to say that it has been a pretty turbulent year (let’s be honest we’re past the point of jinxing it) and we’ve definitely had more things thrown our way than usual. If that isn’t cause for celebration I don’t know what is. We deserve the cosiness and the Christmas bliss- especially now.

There’s no denying that we have missed out on a lot this year. The usual holidays we enjoy in these colder months haven’t been quite what they usually are. More modest Bonfire Night and Halloween celebration gives us all the more reason to make Christmas extra special and putting up your decorations earlier than you might have done otherwise is just the way to do that! That festive feeling from the comfort of your own home, a win-win after a not so winning year.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year (sorry summer lovers) and we may need that extra joy and cheer that we have undoubtedly earned...and if you are still not convinced then a very big bah-humbug to you!

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Image courtesy of Netflix UK

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