Putting Your Christmas Decorations Up Early Makes You Happier, Experts Claim
Are you the person in your friendship group who has your Christmas deccies up before anyone else?
As soon as temperatures begin to drop, are you itching to dig out the tinsel and hang up the baubles, all while dancing around the living room to Jingle Bell Rock, dressed in reindeer antlers?
If the answer is a big, festive 'yes', then you could well be happier than the rest of us, experts claim.
That'll teach any Scrooges among us to mock those early decorators, then!
Steve McKeown, Psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told our friends at UNILAD explained that the urge to put up festive deccies 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, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.
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"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 to UNILAD is a time when people feel connected to "their personal past".
"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, while Christmas can conjure up all kinds of memories - happy and sad - let's not poke fun at those friends and loved ones who get a burst of joy from decking the halls at the earliest opportunity.
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