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Early Christmas Lights Help Depression, Psychologist Says

The home of Michael Conlon is decorated with approximately 85,000 lights, seen Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 along the Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus, Mass. It took five and a half weeks to put up this light display for the seventh-annual display at this location, according to Conlon. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)

In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season appears to have started early this year.

Families and local governments all over the country have already begun decorating for Christmas. And that’s a good thing, says Dr. Krystine Batcho, professor of psychology at Syracuse’s Le Moyne College. “Lights, which obviously are associated with joy and bring back a lot of good memories, are a way of alleviating depression, sadness, feeling down, anxiety, stress,” Batcho says. “All the things the pandemic has increased.”

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