With so much stress and anxiety in our surroundings, signs of Christmas can evoke nostalgic happiness in us that can lift our moods in an instant.
Christmas comes to mind when you hear the phrase "holiday season" because it is undoubtedly the best time of the year that everyone looks forward to. People plan their whole year around this festival to spend some quality time with their family, relatives, and friends. One could either stick to the traditional eggnog and fantastic old tree to celebrate this day or simply order in and have a quiet night watching their favorite seasonal specials. Either way, it's the spirit of the occasion that remains constant in both that people just can't shake off. Of course, there are some who wait until it's December to begin the holiday prep, but many love celebrating Christmas so much that they begin planning for the next one immediately after the big day ends. Now if you belong to the latter category we have some good news.
Research suggests that people whose year revolves around the merry festival are healthier and happier than the rest. Now there is a psychological reason behind unboxing all the Christmas decorations, dusting and putting them up much earlier than required. Psychoanalyst and the founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown, Steve McKeown says, according to Business Insider, "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 continued. If you are still not convinced that nostalgia is a good enough reason to urge you to decorate your house early on, then there's more. People who put up decorations for Christmas early are said to be more likable and friendly, per research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.
"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. "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.
The holiday season brings out a sense of comfort and familiarity in us that makes it easy to express ourselves better. "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," it continued. The holiday is an amazing opportunity for you to meet and share good times with others, and if you hang those decorations a little early than required, you could be seen as a very approachable and friendly person.
Psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do Amy Morin also had something to add to this. "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," shared Morin. "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." It's November already and while there's a lot of time to begin your Christmas celebration, you might want to put them on display right now.