TEMPTED to dig out your Christmas tree and fairy lights?

According to a new survey you're not the only one.

One in ten of those putting up Christmas decorations this year say they will have them up before 30 November, according to the Safestyle survey, while four per cent already had them up by Bonfire Night.

The good news is that switching on the Christmas lights won't just brighten up your house and garden, it will make you feel brighter too, particularly if you're female.

Around half of those surveyed, across all age ranges and regions, said that seeing homes, streets and town centres illuminated for the festive season makes them feel happy (48 per cent), with this effect being particularly visible in women (53 per cent).

Overall, three out of ten respondents said the festive lights make them feel positive (30 per cent), with almost as many claiming they make them feel warmer (28 per cent), suggesting that festive colours and lighting can create a 'whole body' emotional response.

With 84 per cent of those questioned saying they will be putting up Christmas decorations this year, there will certainly be plenty of 'feel-good factor' to go around.

The weekend of 30 November to 1 December is looking like the most popular time to do this, with almost one in six (17 per cent) saying they will be putting up their decorations during that weekend.

This means that more than a quarter of those decorating for Christmas (27 per cent) will have done so by the first day of December.

Around one in ten respondents admit to putting their decorations up as early as they can (11 per cent) to make them feel festive, with roughly the same number saying they like to leave them up for as long as possible (10 per cent).

Martin Troughton, Marketing Director at Safestyle, said: "It's been a challenging year for the country in so many ways and it's clear from the survey findings that festive colours and lights can really boost our sense of wellbeing, providing the perfect antidote to the ongoing Brexit debate.

"As we head into winter, it's great to know that we can help ourselves and others feel better, happier and more positive by brightening up our homes and communities at the darkest time of the year. The knock-on effects for our personal wellbeing as well as our local neighbourhoods are staggering."

The company is sponsoring Illumination Street - a new, independent initiative that has been launched by TV gardener David Domoney to brighten up Britain's front gardens with Christmas cheer.

The campaign includes a national competition with prizes for the best garden displays, community Christmas display, front door display and children's window display.

To find out more details, visit illuminationstreet.com