Robyn Morris doesn’t need encouragement to start feeling celebratory.
In fact, the Kent reporter started getting into the Christmas spirit in early November and planted her tree as soon as she could.
Not only that, Robyn also made sure the “atmosphere was just right”.
“Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas special was shown on TV, I had a stash of Twiglets on the table and boxes of sparkly decorations surrounded me,” she told Metro.co.uk.
“I also adorned the front door with a wreath, my railings with garlands, decorated the walls and dotted the nutcrackers around the house.”
Journalist Robyn Morris from Kent is a big fan of the holidays and has had her decorations since early November
Robyn started the tradition of planting her tree two years ago, during the pandemic
Robyn’s Christmas Cushion Collection: With the cost of living slumping this year, she thinks getting into the Christmas spirit earlier is a great shortcut to inexpensive joy
Even though Robyn’s birthday is at the end of the month, it’s Christmas that she cares about the most, admitting the holiday “is a gift in itself.”
And Robyn thinks other people should start enjoying the holidays sooner.
“Christmas decorating can spike levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine – with experts saying people like to associate themselves with things that make them happy, and for many, Christmas decorations evoke strong feelings of childhood and nostalgia.”
It’s something that Robyn has experienced herself. She started planting her tree two years ago, during the pandemic.
Robyn says closing her laptop at the end of a stressful day and seeing her red, gold and green decorations really lifts her spirits
The festive fan said she is cutting back on Christmas outings this year, like ice skating and markets, to enjoy the holiday cheer at home
“It brought some much-needed celebratory cheer during a time of turmoil, and I think the seed was planted then.”
With the cost of living slumping this year, Robyn thinks getting into the Christmas spirit earlier is a great shortcut to inexpensive joy.
“Obviously I’m worried about the impact having my tree so soon will have on the electric bill, given that it’s covered in twinkling lights.”
Robyn admits those close to her are baffled by her enthusiasm to put up the decorations so soon
“However, this is offset by the fact that we don’t need the main light or lamps on – we also light a lot of scented candles at parties, and our electricity is on a meter so we can keep an eye on the cost .’
And Robyn says it’s a great compromise, considering she’s tightening her purse strings in other areas.
“The festive outings I usually love – like Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, ice skating and splurging at Christmas markets – won’t happen because we’ve put a strict budget in place.
“In return, I think our festive home is a small price to pay for the happiness I feel descending each morning to a winter wonderland.”
Robyn is prioritizing keeping the fairy lights on over using the main lights because she doesn’t want to increase her electricity bill
Robyn says closing her laptop at the end of a stressful day and seeing her red, gold and green decorations catch the light is just the tonic.
“My favorite decoration is a little Robin clip-on hanging from my tree, which I particularly love – especially since my name is Robyn!
While Robyn’s partner is on board with her so early in the halls, her mother and friends are bewildered.
‘”Won’t you get tired of seeing them at Christmas?” asked a friend. But the answer is absolutely no.
“I still find taking them down in January to be a depressing task because my house is still so bare without the Christmas decorations, so I’m just glad I can enjoy them longer this year.”
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