Good news for all Christmas addicts! The next time you get ridiculed for being in a Christmas mood as early as October, we have an unbeatable argument for you to show everyone because it’s officially proven that people who put up their Christmas decorations earlier are happier.
Expert: Decorating for Christmas early makes you happy.
Real Christmas fans have known it for a long time; now we also have solid proof! Those who deal with the feast of love earlier are happier. As psychoanalyst Steve McKeown explains to the online platform Unilad, there is also a specific reason for this. “In a stressful world full of anxiety, people like to turn to things that make them happy. Christmas decorations evoke those strong, positive feelings from childhood,” the expert said.
Link to the past
All you Christmas early birds out there, you are doing a great job! McKeown agrees: “The decorations are an easy link to emotions [from childhood] in the process, and getting them out early definitely prolongs the excitement!” Psychotherapist Amy Morin also sees Christmas decorations as a way to connect with one’s past.
“It helps bring back memories of a time when all our loved ones were still here,” she says. In addition, just looking at a Christmas tree can lead to “remembering what it was like when you believed in Santa Claus,” Morin said. In other words, it makes you think of a time when you didn’t have huge worries and everything was good.
Christmas decorations not only make us extra happy, but they also say something about people’s character. If the Journal of Environmental Psychology is anything to go by, people who decorate their homes with over-the-top, kitschy, extravagant ornaments are amiable.
So the next time you’re upset that chocolate Santas, Advent calendars and the like can already be found in supermarkets at the end of September, remember: it can significantly improve your mood!