Psychologists Say Put Your Christmas Decorations Up Early This Year: Here's Why
Cailyn Finkel 9/12/2018
Do you love when your Christmas tree is up and bright? Or when your Halloween spiderwebs are spookily strung? Well, now you can decorate your house even earlier thanks to science! Recently, experts have come out to say setting up your holiday decorations early can have a big impact on your life.
It's time to break out the boxes, lights and ladders, ladies and gentlemen!
In an article published in UNILAD, psychoanalyst Steve McKeown said decorating for holidays early is a great way to put the stress of everyday life behind us.
"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!"
McKeown wasn't the only expert to chime in. Amy Morin, psychotherapist and best-selling author, shared her concurring opinion with UNILAD.
"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."
Psychologist Deborah Serani told TODAY Home that she agrees with the other experts' views. She added the simple act of spicing things up is exciting for us.
"It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness. I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out... signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it's pleasing or not."
While there's no perfect date to start decorating before any holiday, it's safe to say, starting early can take a load off! Getting a head start on the chaos of the holiday season can give you a little bit of a breather when the big ones roll around.
However, you don't want to anger your entire neighborhood with Halloween decorations in February, Thanksgiving decorations in March, and Christmas lights in April! It's important to be respectful when coming up with a timeline.
If someone does hassle you, be sure to tell them science is on your side!