November is the one month of the year that has the capacity to divide nations. There are two types of people in November; people who think they’re Buddy The Elf and people who wince at the sound of shopping centre Christmas music.
But alas, psychologists have delivered amazing information for people like me who already have their Chrissy tree up. Apparently us early-birds are actually happier!
Psychoanalyst, Steven McKeown told UNILAD,
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.
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!
It makes sense that people who put up their Christmas decos early are reliving childhood magic. Christmas time makes me feel like a child in an adults body which is a peaceful escape from the trials of adulthood. And if you didn’t believe the first pro, UNILAD also spoke to psychotherapist, Amy Morin who confirmed the theory.
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.
Of course, it’s a little darker to think that an excessive love for Christmas can actually be a form of escapism or a way to reconnect with the deceased. But honestly, everyone copes with life in different ways and if that’s what makes someone happy, I’m all for it.
Now that science has actually proven early decorators are HAPPIER, I will be shamelessly posting all of the grams of my tree, Christmas movie marathons and gingerbread frappucinos. Watch out Scrooges!
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