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Putting Christmas decorations up early makes you happier, experts claim

Putting Christmas decorations up early makes you happier, experts claim

That'll teach the Scrooges among us not to mock those who like to get in the festive spirit early

Are you the first person in your friendship group to put up your Christmas decorations?

As soon as temperatures begin to drop, are you itching to dig out the tinsel, hang up the baubles and blast Michael Bublé so loudly people at the other end of your street can hear?

If the answer to any of these questions is a big fat festive 'yes,' then you might just be happier than the rest of us, experts claim.

That'll teach the Scrooges among us not to mock those who like to get in the Christmas spirit early.

Experts say that Christmas decorations are linked with childhood nostalgia.
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Steve McKeown, psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told our friends at UNILAD that the urge to put up festive decorations earlier is commonly linked with childhood nostalgia.

He said: "Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, it's most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.

"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.

"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!"

Meanwhile, Amy Morin, psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, explained that Christmas is a time when people feel connected to 'their personal past.'

The festive period is a time when we feel more connected to our pasts.
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"The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia," she said. "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, let's not poke fun at our friends and loved ones who get a burst of joy from decking the halls at the earliest possible opportunity.

For those who are already feeling festive, a 24-hour Christmas radio station has launched in the UK.

That's right, Heart radio brought back Heart Xmas last month, packed with Christmas bangers from the likes of Mariah Carey and Wham.

After all, it's only 63 days until Santa comes...

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Topics: Christmas, Life, Advice