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Why more people are decorating earlier for the holidays

Posted at 7:46 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 07:58:00-05

CLEVELAND — It’s not uncommon to see Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving or even earlier at your local retailer. In a year filled with as many twists and turns as 2020, many people are ready to put up the tree and call it a year.

People are getting a jump start on their Christmas decorations. News 5 crews spotted several homes in Lakewood already decked out.

But it’s not just here in Northeast Ohio. Sales for pre-lit artificial Christmas trees have jumped 200% compared to last year.

Homes in Lakewood are decked out for the holidays.

Psychologists say after a year of the pandemic stress, people need something to life their spirits.

"Putting up things that are colorful, things that smell good, things that kind of evoke nostalgia and good memory cause happiness in our brain kind of gives us a dopamine hit, which is really the feel-good neurotransmitter,” said Dr. Sarah Adler, a psychologist at Standford Health Care.

Demand for Christmas decorations has been so high, inventory may be limited.

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