Yes, it is only the second week of November, but according to psychoanalysts, putting out your Christmas decorations early will make you happier!
As the Christmas adverts start to appear on TV (if you haven’t seen the Paddington Marks & Spencers ad yet, you’re missing out), Christmas might still seem a long way off, and getting the tree out of the loft is probably the furthest thing from your mind.
Psychoanalyst Steven McKeown told publication Unilad: ‘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 extends the excitement!’
Of course, it might be hard explaining to your tots that they still have over six weeks to wait before Father Christmas arrives, but if you’re looking for that Christmas boost, perhaps it’s time to dig the decorations out after all.
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Tea with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centres
Want the best Christmas days out with children, but don’t want to travel too far? Visit your local garden centre! Until Christmas Eve, the whole family can take a festive tea or breakfast with Santa at Wyevale Garden Centres all over the country. Kids can decorate a festive cookie and receive a special gift from Father Christmas. Tickets are £9.99 for children and from £3.99 for adults. Or for £5, little ones can enter the magical Santa’s Grotto, meet the man himself and take home a gift.
It’s a feast of family activity at LEGOLAND this Christmas. There are fun rides and attractions, Santa's Grotto, an elf workshop, giant 8m tall LEGO Christmas tree, a gifts market, scavenger hunt and the opportunity to work with other families to build a huge festive LEGO model in the park. Tickets are £30 for a day pass with under-twos free.
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Like the real Lapland… but without the flight and freezing cold weather. This really is one of the best Christmas days out for children. It’s a Christmas festival, with elves introducing little ones to reindeer and weaving stories of their work in Santa’s grotto. And talking of which, kids can visit Santa and take home a signed photo of themselves with him, plus make gingerbread men, build toys together and receive a little gift. There’s also ice-skating and a log cabin restaurant. It’s pricey at from £65 per person but a truly magical experience.
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Christmas takes over the city of Edinburgh in much the same way the comedy festival does in the summer. There’s everything from street performers and festive shows in the theatres to an ice rink, Children's Market, rides, attractions and fireworks. Tickets vary.
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Open until January 7th, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is right in the heart of the city so you can make an evening of it with shopping before fun at the ice-skating rink, Alpine village selling yummy food from German sausages to crepes, funfair rides and attractions. For parents, there’s even some 'Apres Skate' at the Bierkeller Bar where they can sample the mulled wine. Tickets are £11 for adults, £9 for children (3- 15 years old) and £35 for a family of four.
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Peppa Pig World at Paulton’s Park is having a festive makeover, making it perfect for the best Christmas days out for Children. The highlight is sure to be seeing Peppa and George wrapped up in their winter hats and scarves, although we can’t guarantee there will be snow! There will be a 4D sleigh ride, and a musical Christmas tree. Adults £28.75; children 3-13 years £28.75; 12-35 months £22.25; under 12 months £6.
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