November is too early for Christmas! According to a poll carried out by Confused.com, over 86% of people believe that November is too early to put up your decorations. So, it appears that December is the most socially acceptable time to get into the festive spirit.
If you're anything like me, you love the whole buzz around Christmas. It brings back happy childhood memories, and we try and regain some of the feelings of joy and magic. As the years go on, adult responsibilities take over, and the sheer expense of Christmas takes hold causing us to hold off on getting into the Christmas spirit too early.
However, If you are all ready to rock around your Christmas tree, and you’ve been trying and failing to persuade those close to you that it's really not too early to get the decorations up and deck the halls with boughs of holly; then we have some great news for you! Psychology experts say that those who put their Christmas decorations up earlier are actually happier than those who wait until later.
Yes, if you’re itching to dust off the Christmas star, light up the fairy lights and get that Christmas magic feeling going, then you’re more likely to be in touch with your inner child.
Putting your decorations up earlier can make you feel happier by reminding you of your childhood, before you had to deal with the responsibilities and stresses of adulting. Adulthood comes with a lot of stress, worry, anxiety, and responsibility. So putting up decorations sooner rather than later can lift your spirits by reminding you of the times before you had to pay bills and go to work. Reminding you of that feeling of joy, magic, and excitement.
Steve McKeown, Psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic explained: “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,”
He went on to say: “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 extends the excitement!”
A study has shown that decorating your home outside for the holiday season will not only make you feel super festive, but it might also help you strike up closer relationships with your neighbors as you can seem more welcoming.
Decorating your house on the outside will make you look like a friendlier person, according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.
Amy Morin, psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, said: “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."
So if you want to extend the excitement of Christmas, get those decorations up because the experts say it makes you happier! Enjoy the magic of Christmas!