It may only be September, but thoughts are already turning to the big day – Christmas.
And there is one debate which never fails to polarise opinion – just when should you put your festive decorations up?
There are few things which will anger your neighbours more than if you get the lights, fake snow and tinsel out too early in the year, or even anytime before December 1.
But it turns out that, despite the Scrooge-like naysayers, those who embrace the festive fun could be reaping the benefits.
Experts say people who put their decorations up early are happier and more relaxed.
Steve McKeown, psychoanalyst and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told Unilad that early decorators are motivated by nostalgia.
He said: “In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood.
“Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement.
“So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement.”
While Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, said people who put their decorations up are seeking a connection to their past.
If you get the baubles out just after Halloween, looking at the Christmas tree could help them feel connected to dead loved ones, and times past.
Amy Morin said: “The holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive.
“For people who have lost a loved one, it may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person.
“Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology suggest that residents who go to town on their Christmas display are seen as friendly.
While some may see massive Christmas displays as garish or overboard, the authors of the study said it is a sign of a friendly family.
The authors wrote: “A main effect for the decorated factor indicated that raters used Christmas decorations as a cue that the residents were friendly.”