It’s that time of year again – the holidays are upon us! Most people (who aren’t grinches or don’t have some awful association with the holidays) can agree that it is the most wonderful time of the year. There’s something about family and cocoa and snowy mornings that makes us want to sit in the twinkle of sparkling lights and bask in the scent of pine, and surely you know someone who likes to begin their basking as soon as humanly possible.
Perhaps it’s you. Perhaps your friends and family and neighbors give you that look when they see your lights, tree, and stockings go up before the Thanksgiving turkey is even finished thawing in the sink.
Well, feel guilty or crazy no more (as if you did in the first place), because according to the experts, getting those decorations up can have myriad positive impacts on your holiday life.
First and foremost, it can make you feel happy – and who doesn’t need that? According to Steve McKeown, a renowned psychoanalyst, “…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.”
Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and author, adds that “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.”
Then there’s the fact that cheery decor makes your house more inviting to friends and neighbors. The Journal of Environmental Psychology points out that decorations are “social cues and a way of communicating accessibility to neighbors.”
Which, you know, could be good or bad depending on your extrovert factor.
Either way, if putting your decorations up early makes you happier then I – and mental health professionals – say go for it.
h/t: The Stir – CafeMom