"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 childhood."
Christmas is everyone's favorite time of the year, there's no denying it. People plan their whole year around the last weekend of the year to make sure they get to spend quality time with their loved ones. Honestly, there seems to be no one that dislikes Christmas, which is why it's touted to be the best holiday throughout the year, and Christmas spirit is a feeling you can't shake off. There seem to be two kinds of people: People who love the festival but wait patiently till it's almost December to begin their holiday preps, and there are people who love it so much that the minute they're done celebrating Christmas, they begin to plan for the next one. If you're someone who belongs to the second category, then we have news for you.
According to research, you are healthier and happier than the rest if your year revolves around the merry festival. There is a psychological reason behind getting the dust off those Christmas decorations and hanging them up much earlier than required. Steve McKeown, Psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown says, "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."
"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. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement!" he added.
If you think this is a good enough reason to do what you do, there's more. According to a research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, people who put up decorations for Christmas earlier are said to be more 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.
We also examine the possibility that residents who decorate for Christmas but who have few friends on the block may be using the decorations and other cues as a way of communicating their accessibility to neighbors...a main effect for the decorated factor indicated that raters used Christmas decorations as a cue that the residents were friendly and cohesive, the study adds. People find comfort in their favorite holiday and it's also a sense of familiarity that they express.
When Christmas decorations were present, raters actually attributed greater sociability to the nonsociable residents, citing a more open appearance as the basis for their judgments. The results support the idea that residents can use their home's exterior to communicate attachment and possibly to integrate themselves into a neighborhood's social activities. Christmas is a time for people to meet and share good times together. Which means, when you hang those decorations earlier, you appear to be a very friendly and approachable person!
Amy Morin, psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do added, "The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity. For many putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods. It may be a bittersweet feeling."
"Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa. 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," she added. Yes, there's still a lot of time until Christmas, but hey, now you have all the more reason to display your decorations, and with pride!