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    Hundreds of eager Britons fight off lockdown blues by putting their Christmas trees up VERY early in bid to boost mental health and bring communities together

    • Light Up Locally has led the charge to bring some festive cheer forward this year
    • Nottinghamshire-based group are looking to boost mental health amid lockdown
    • Since launching in October, it has racked up more than 600 Facebook members
    • Rows of photos show lights, Christmas trees and other decorations across nation

    Amid a second national lockdown, dark evenings and horrible weather, Britons are desperately searching for some joy during this winter of discontent.

    And some have decided to start Christmas early this year as they erect decorations inside and outside their homes to shine some light on their lives.

    Campaign group Light Up Locally has led the charge to bring the festive cheer forward as it encourages people to help their mental health.

    Since launching on October 26, the Nottinghamshire based Facebook group has proved popular – racking up more than 600 members.

    And its success has snowballed, with hundreds of social media users sharing pictures of their decorated homes from November 1.

    Rows and rows of photographs show garden lights, Christmas trees and other decorations littered across houses nationwide.

    It comes as researchers say putting out the stockings early this year could be beneficial for people’s mental health.

    Meanwhile a study revealed a third of Brits are secretly hoping for a lockdown Christmas to avoid family they do not like.

    Bee Wilson’s home in Gloucestershire had rainfall-style lights, Santas, bulbs in a tree and reindeer – making it hard to see where the original building stood

    Chris Ellis posted this shot of his house covering in decorations as part of the campaign this month

    Chris Ellis posted this shot of his house covering in decorations as part of the campaign this month

    Karen Robinson is pictured with her husband George after putting up their Christmas lights in support of the NHS

    Karen Robinson is pictured with her husband George after putting up their Christmas lights in support of the NHS

    Paul Walters, from East Retford, Nottinghamshire, added a picture of a tree in his house, captioned: 'Trees up! Feeling better already'

    Paul Walters, from East Retford, Nottinghamshire, added a picture of a tree in his house, captioned: ‘Trees up! Feeling better already’ 

    One house Gloucestershire had its front garden littered with reindeer and lights from the start of November

    One house Gloucestershire had its front garden littered with reindeer and lights from the start of November

    In a traditional Christmas shot, one person has hung a wreath above a fire place in their home

    In a traditional Christmas shot, one person has hung a wreath above a fire place in their home

    An iconic shot of a windmill in North Leverton with Habblesthorpe, Nottinghamshire, shows the sails lit with lasers this month as part of Light Up Locally.

    One person commented: ‘Star trails over North Leverton Windmill in rural Nottinghamshire. The windmill was lit with a laser to bring a little light in to people’s lives in the area.’

    Meanwhile Peter French, a DJ from Cheltenham, posted a shot of a huge snowman and candy canes outside his place earlier today.

    He wrote: ‘Once Halloween had been and gone I felt a little empty, I needed something to get excited about!

    ‘So here is my first attempt at a Christmas house! I plan to expand the collection every year!’

    Louise Szewczuk-Tetther from Hunstanton, Norfolk, uploaded a picture of her house shining under blue lights and a message reading: ‘Santa please stop here.’

    She said: ‘Lights all up inside and out from Hunstanton. Feeling the Christmas spirit and makes us feel happy x.’

    Another particularly well decorated establishment had drawn a small crowd last week as children stood in front of the blaring neon lights.

    Bee Wilson’s home in Gloucestershire had rainfall-style lights, Santas, bulbs in a tree and reindeer – making it hard to see where the original building stood. 

    And Allan Marsh added a video of green and red strobe lights moving across his home.

    He put: ‘I’ve just been out to re-position my lights because they were a bit off balance, But I think they look pretty nice.’

    Meanwhile Peter French, a DJ from Cheltenham, posted a shot of a huge snowman and candy canes outside his place earlier today

    Meanwhile Peter French, a DJ from Cheltenham, posted a shot of a huge snowman and candy canes outside his place earlier today

    Light Up Locally was launched by a group of Nottinghamshire mental health workers to cheer people up during the coronavirus lockdown

    Light Up Locally was launched by a group of Nottinghamshire mental health workers to cheer people up during the coronavirus lockdown

    Cheers to that: Some homes have been transformed into a winter wonderland already

    Cheers to that: Some homes have been transformed into a winter wonderland already 

    A huge Mr Potato head from Toy Story is pictured next to reindeer on one person's front lawn

    A huge Mr Potato head from Toy Story is pictured next to reindeer on one person’s front lawn

    A snowman, a Father Christmas and a Christmas tree stand in the corner of a room posted on the Facebook page

    A snowman, a Father Christmas and a Christmas tree stand in the corner of a room posted on the Facebook page

    Excited about the festive season: Many have thrown caution to the wind and put the tree up as they look forward to saying goodbye to 2020

    Excited about the festive season: Many have thrown caution to the wind and put the tree up as they look forward to saying goodbye to 2020 

    Light Up Locally was launched by a group of Nottinghamshire mental health workers to cheer people up during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Admins Lorraine Gregson, Angela Beales, Sarah Hamilton, Lou Hankins and Maria Ditch run the Facebook group and encourage people to share their pictures.

    They have been inundated with cheery snaps from across the country and even Europe – with one well-wisher contacting them from Spain.

    Ms Hamilton, 29, told MailOnline: ‘and Lou had been inspired by their holidays in Scandinavian countries where they saw fairy lights and it made them feel happy.

    ‘This was mentioned to the other first aiders and they began the ‘Light up Locally’ group.

    ‘Maria, who is part of my book club, contacted me and asked if I would help admin the page and get involved.

    ‘As a person who suffered with depression and anxiety for many years, I’m totally behind this and I soon put my outside lights up which do bring joy to me every day.

    ‘It’s been fantastic seeing people join the group and decorate their outside spaces with lights.

    ‘It’s had such a good response that we are now reaching countries outside the UK who are joining in.

    ‘If this helps break the stigma surrounding mental health and encourages people to talk about their mental well-being then we’ll take that as a win.’

    They have been inundated with cheery snaps from across the country (pictured, in the UK) and even Europe - with one well-wisher contacting them from Spain

    They have been inundated with cheery snaps from across the country (pictured, in the UK) and even Europe – with one well-wisher contacting them from Spain

    Children are having fun decorating the tree much earlier this year

    Children are having fun decorating the tree much earlier this year 

    People keen to start Christmas early this year have taken to social media to share the decorations bringing them joy amid the doom and gloom

    People keen to start Christmas early this year have taken to social media to share the decorations bringing them joy amid the doom and gloom

    Admins Lorraine Gregson, Angela Beales, Sarah Hamilton, Lou Hankins and Maria Ditch run the Facebook group and encourage people to share their pictures

    Other follows posted pictures of the inside of their house, where decorations and Christmas trees had taken over

    A snowflake-style candle sits in one person's house after being uploaded by a social media user

    A snowflake-style candle sits in one person’s house after being uploaded by a social media user

    A picture shows a children's choir recital ornament in one of the campaigners homes this month

    A picture shows a children’s choir recital ornament in one of the campaigners homes this month

    A huge Christmas tree stands in one person's front room ready for Christmas a month early

    A huge Christmas tree stands in one person’s front room ready for Christmas a month early

    A small Santa and presents was among the pictures posted on social media in November as people started celebrating the festive season early

    A small Santa and presents was among the pictures posted on social media in November as people started celebrating the festive season early 

    Ms Ditch, a mental health first aid instructor at Rampton Hospital, added: ‘We had already been aware that some staff were becoming tired and experiencing low mood and increased fear.

    ‘They were facing reduced daylight hours and the second wave of the pandemic.

    ‘Light Up Locally was born. We were encouraging people to put up their lights from November 1st. I created a Facebook page which very quickly gained momentum.

    ‘Very quickly, people posted pictures of their lights, swiftly followed by people putting up Christmas decorations!’

    She added: ‘It is important to recognise that Christmas can be a painful and difficult time of year for some people.

    ‘When someone is very negative about the lights, instead of being judgemental, it gives us the opportunity to recognise that they may have issues, so we can then approach them to offer support.’

    Other follows posted pictures of the inside of their house, where decorations and Christmas trees had taken over.

    Yvonne Burnham from Sussex captured a shot of her small Christmass tree featuring hanging Olafs from the blockbuster Frozen film.

    Ms Burnham wrote over the weekend: ‘Hi everyone! This is my little effort, done yesterday!’

    Another person called Paul Walters uploaded a picture of his huge tree in the entrance hall to his house.

    He said: ‘Make the most of this lockdown! Make it a special Christmas for and your family.’

    Mr Walters, from East Retford, Nottinghamshire, also added a picture of another tree in a different room of the house, captioned: ‘Trees up! Feeling better already.’

    Lisa Brodie from Nottingham captured the mood when she wrote next to a snap of her living room: ‘Trees been up for a week. why not after the year we’ve all had.’

    Mother of three Becki Nicholson from Nottinghamshire added a photo of her small tree sitting in the windowsill.

    She commented on November 14: ‘Put a little tree up in the window tonight. Hopefully get the outside lights up tomorrow.’

    And It appears Jane Brown’s family surprised her with their lights when she got home from work in Nottingham.

    She posted on November 14: ‘A lovely surprise to come home to after working today!’

    On Facebook, Lucy Jane, from the UK, shared a picture of her incredible Toy Story themed Christmas tree which she put up on November 1 for her Disney-obsessed son

    On Facebook, Lucy Jane, from the UK, shared a picture of her incredible Toy Story themed Christmas tree which she put up on November 1 for her Disney-obsessed son

    This pampered pooch was snapped kicking back and relaxing next to his owner's beautifully colourful Christmas tree, matching the decor in their living room, believed to be in the UK

    This pampered pooch was snapped kicking back and relaxing next to his owner’s beautifully colourful Christmas tree, matching the decor in their living room, believed to be in the UK

    Nia Hughes, believed to be from the UK, decided to decorate her house today, adding decorations to every surface and a large grey tree skirt

    Nia Hughes, believed to be from the UK, decided to decorate her house today, adding decorations to every surface and a large grey tree skirt

    Annie Bristow

    Annie Bristow's home in Kent

    Annie Bristow’s incredible Christmas decor (right) went up nice and early this year 

    This homeowner in Hemel Hempstead was delighted to usher in the festive season

    This homeowner in Hemel Hempstead was delighted to usher in the festive season 

    One mother from the UK shared a picture of her throwback Christmas decorations, which she put up for her children because 'there's nothing traditional about 2020 November or not it put a smile on mine and kids faces'

    One mother from the UK shared a picture of her throwback Christmas decorations, which she put up for her children because ‘there’s nothing traditional about 2020 November or not it put a smile on mine and kids faces’

    Simple but effective: Charli from Quebec, Canada, put up her beautiful Christmas tree this week, in spite of the fact Christmas is still a while away

    Simple but effective: Charli from Quebec, Canada, put up her beautiful Christmas tree this week, in spite of the fact Christmas is still a while away

    Pups Lincoln and Bentley, from Highland, Michigan, posed for pictures in front of their owner's beautifully lit tree but the sweet pair looked less than impressed with the results

    Pups Lincoln and Bentley, from Highland, Michigan, posed for pictures in front of their owner’s beautifully lit tree but the sweet pair looked less than impressed with the results

    It comes as experts say putting up the Christmas decorations early this year could help people’s mental health.

    Dr Juliet Wakefield, a senior lecturer in psychology at Nottingham Trent University, told the BBC: ‘Christmas lights can be a way to telegraph a shared solidarity and identity.

    ‘There’s a lot of evidence that shows having this group belonging enhances our mental health.’

    But a study has found a third of Brits are secretly hoping for a lockdown Christmas to avoid family they don’t like.

    As the UK was plunged into a second lockdown to ‘save Christmas’ this month, the survey showed four in ten see restrictions as the perfect excuse to swerve relatives.

    The national survey of 2,000 people, by drinks company Vin Crowd, found 44 per cent are looking forward to a ‘quieter Christmas’.

    Some described it as a ‘relief’ with ‘no more bad food or booze with people you don’t really want to see’.

    Some 52 per cent of those surveyed admitted that Covid-19 restrictions would result in them missing quality time with loved ones.

    More than a quarter said they were sad to be missing their Christmas office party – with 17 per cent setting up virtual parties to see the year out.      

    Annie Bristow's unique Christmas tree has already gone up at her home in Kent this year

    Annie Bristow’s unique Christmas tree has already gone up at her home in Kent this year 

    This family said: 'We usually decorate on December 1 but since we're stuck at home, we thought it may as well be Christmassy to make us smile through lockdown'

    This family said: ‘We usually decorate on December 1 but since we’re stuck at home, we thought it may as well be Christmassy to make us smile through lockdown’

    Shannon Jay shared a video of herself on Instagram as she decorated her tree

    Shannon Jay shared a video of herself on Instagram as she decorated her tree 

    This One Direction fan, from an unknown location, opted for a different of glistening star to sit atop her tree this year, replacing the typical ornament with a picture of a smiling Harry Styles

    This One Direction fan, from an unknown location, opted for a different of glistening star to sit atop her tree this year, replacing the typical ornament with a picture of a smiling Harry Styles

    Twitter user Amee, from Nottingham, shared a picture of her wintry Christmas tree which she put up as soon as the new month began last week to bring her a 'bit of joy and bonding me and my family needed before four weeks of not seeing each other'

    Twitter user Amee, from Nottingham, shared a picture of her wintry Christmas tree which she put up as soon as the new month began last week to bring her a ‘bit of joy and bonding me and my family needed before four weeks of not seeing each other’

    In the most comforting festive scene, this sleepy dog gets cosy under the Christmas tree his owner Julia put up this week despite Christmas being a month away

    In the most comforting festive scene, this sleepy dog gets cosy under the Christmas tree his owner Julia put up this week despite Christmas being a month away 

    Again attempting to spread some joy in what has been a tough year for many people, this Instagram user from San Diego decided to put their Christmas tree up a little earlier than usual

    Again attempting to spread some joy in what has been a tough year for many people, this Instagram user from San Diego decided to put their Christmas tree up a little earlier than usual

    One woman named Melissa, believed to be from the UK, posted a picture on Twitter of her parents retro-looking Christmas tree which she says has been up for weeks already

    One woman named Melissa, believed to be from the UK, posted a picture on Twitter of her parents retro-looking Christmas tree which she says has been up for weeks already

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