There are two types of people in this world: Those who love (and I mean LOVE) decorating for Christmas early, and those who LOVE (and I mean LOVE) judging people who decorate for Christmas early.
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Let’s take a poll: When you see Christmas lights and holiday Starbucks cups pre-Thanksgiving, does your soul light up like this:
OR, are you all like:
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If you’re a light-up wreath type, we’ve got great news for you. Decorating for Christmas does, in fact, make you happier.
A recent study shows that decorating for the magical holiday creates a sense of community and a richer bond between neighbors, leading to all those warm, gushy feelings we call happiness.
The study, published by The Journal of Environmental Psychology, noted that “residents can use their home’s exterior to communicate attachment and possibly to integrate themselves into a neighborhood’s social activities.”
And that’s not all. Putting up decorations early for Christmas can reconnect you with all of your wonderful childhood memories, giving you a major happy buzz.
“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,” psychoanalyst Steve McKeown explained to Unilad in an interview.
He added, “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!”
Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, also explained that for those who are missing a deceased loved one this Christmas, decorating early can have positive emotional effects.
“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 there you have it! You now officially have three more reasons why you should get those lights up early. But, you know, go easy on yourself. You wouldn’t want to pull a Clark Griswold.
On the other hand, his house did look pretty awesome…