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Influencer Rosie Connolly said that she doesn’t usually put up her tree so early but this year she wanted to create a bit of festive cheer in November (Pic: Brian McEvoy Photography)

Influencer Rosie Connolly said that she doesn’t usually put up her tree so early but this year she wanted to create a bit of festive cheer in November (Pic: Brian McEvoy Photography)

Influencer Rosie Connolly said that she doesn’t usually put up her tree so early but this year she wanted to create a bit of festive cheer in November (Pic: Brian McEvoy Photography)

Influencer Rosie Connolly has revealed that she's put up her Christmas tree up already as it's been "such a weird year".

"I always go early, but never that early. It's normally the end of November, but on November 1, I took down the Halloween decorations and one of the Christmas trees went up," she said.

"I just felt like we needed it. This year has seemed so long and I was ready to get into that Christmas feeling.

"One of those moments of joy for us is always putting up the tree and turning on the lights.

"It's just seeing their little faces; it's so important to us. It's been a weird year and if putting up the tree a little bit early brings a little bit of happiness, then so be it."

She said that one of the positives of lockdown was being able to spend more quality time with her children.

Along with husband Paul Quinn, she is mum to five-year-old son Harry and one-year-old daughter Remi.

Rosie recently spoke about finding a lump in her breast and having to undergo a raft of tests before being given the all-clear.

She said that given her family history with her grandmother having breast cancer, her mind immediately went into panic mode when she found the lump.

"Your mind just goes to crazy places. The first thing you think of is the worst," she said.

She said she wanted to share her own experience in order to highlight the issue and that she's "useless at keeping things to myself".

She has since had messages from women who have also found lumps in their breasts as a result of her initial post about it on social media.

"I think it's really, really important for people going through it.

"That worry is crippling. I couldn't get off the sofa. I was just so, so stressed," she said.

"I thought I could manage stress and was really strong but in that situation, I wasn't."

Speaking about her decision to write about her scare on social media, she said: "What's the harm in sharing and being vulnerable and maybe helping other people to check and if that's all that came out of it, then it was worth sharing what I went through."

She was speaking after teaming up with One4All as part of their Christmas campaign to encourage people to celebrate the little moments this festive season.

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