It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...said no one in September. Well, not everyone it turns out.
With 99 days until Christmas rolls around for another year, most of us are still only just getting over the heatwave that hit the UK during the summer months. And maybe starting to think about what ridiculous outfit to pull out this Halloween.
However, for an eager family in Billingham, County Durham, the holiday season has come early, as they've already covered their home in decorations and are getting into the festive spirit.
Sarah and Shaun Weir and their three children - Joseph, 13, Alfie, 11, and Leonna, nine - think now is the best time to pull out the novelty jumpers, tinsel-covered tree and twinkling lights in anticipation of Santa's visit.
Speaking to The Sun, Sarah said: "Why wait until December? Our family adore Christmas and we never get bored of it,
"It's an incredibly special time for us, and the kids finally come in from playing outdoors to cosy up on the sofa.
"We are always the first on our street but everybody loves it!"
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Every year the family pull out all the stops and transform their home into a winter wonderland with fairy lights, a six foot Father Christmas, a giant snow globe and even a snow machine - and this year is no different.
They don't stop there either. Underneath the tree, they've planted a train track filled with sweets, inviting kids from the street to come and pick up a treat from the tinsel train like some sort of Xmas version of trick or treat.
But the most special part of the transformation - which takes the family four days to install - is their tree-top star, which is put up to represent their Leonna's twin sister, Libby, who died shortly after birth.
Sarah added: "The kids always fight over who is going to put the star up. We think of Libby all of the time, but it's at this time of the year she's with us the most.
"Each child has a decoration that represents them. Alfie has a hedgehog and Leonna has a flower."
So while many might be quick to jump on the critical train about a family putting up their decorations in September, it clearly means a lot to them and at least they're spreading joy to themselves and the local community.
After all, surely that's what Christmas is all about.
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