Which category do you fall into?
This year has been the worst and the only thing that can make it better is the fact that Halloween is just a month away. While the vibe may not be the same as always, there's nothing stopping us from bringing out our old creepies to decorate the house up. Are you someone who decided to ignore the holiday or will you go all out to make your abode as creepy as possible, despite not being able to celebrate like the old times? In case you are dreaming of your favorite holiday and decorating your house for the same in your mind, let us tell you that there's nothing wrong with it, you're not too early, and you're definitely not weird.
Trust me when I say this, but if you really think it's already time to hang out your witches and cobwebs, then you're actually happier than the ones who think there's still time. Steve McKeown, founder of MindFixers, owner of The McKeown Clinic, and a psychoanalyst has revealed that there is nothing wrong with being a little too excited for your favorite holiday, be it Christmas or Halloween. "In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood," he said in an interview.
"Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect. Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement," he added. Some people also wait desperately wait for their favorite holidays as they feel as if the holidays are the only constant in their life and give them a sense of stability. Wait, there's more scientific proof to convince yourself that this is absolutely normal.
According to research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, people who put up decorations earlier are also friendly and likable. "Research suggests that U.S. residents may use holiday decorations on their home's exterior to communicate friendliness and cohesiveness with neighbors. In the present research, we examine whether strangers (naive raters) can accurately identify the more friendly residents, and what aspects of the homes' exteriors contribute to their impressions," reads the study. The holidays, be it Christmas or Halloween, bring joy to people, and the ones who are rather lonely can hang out decorations to reassure them that the holidays aren't far away.
People believe that the holidays help them relive their childhood, and remember a loved one they've lost, which is why some prefer to welcome their favorite holiday early. Amy Morin, psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, said: "The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity. It may be a bittersweet feeling. Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past. Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual."