Why putting your decorations up earlier is good for your health?
"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."
There’s no doubt about it that Christmas is everyone’s favourite time of year. (Except the Grinch of course). Some people spend more than half of the year planning December festivities, it's an important time as people are crafting memories and spending time with their nearest and dearest. Christmas is known to be the best holiday throughout the year, it brings such happiness and cheer that people love to immerse themselves in. Other people wait patiently until December then they start with their Christmas prep. Obviously we can't relate to that 😉
Researchers say that you’re happier and healthier than the rest of the population if your year revolves around the festive period.
Psychoanalyst Steven McKeown, the founder of MindFixers and the 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!"
Bestselling author Amy Morin who wrote 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,"
So there is psychological reasoning to back this up, if you’re part of the population that dust of the decorations and hang them earlier than most keep that festive cheer going.
There’s still some time until Christmas, however as soon as we feel that frosty November air we’ll definitely be putting our decorations up!