At this time of year, it’s way too tempting to start turning your home into a true winter wonderland. Sure, Thanksgiving still hasn’t happened – but our focus is basically already on the fact Christmas is on the horizon.
But for some reason, there’s a certain level of shame surrounding putting up Christmas decorations too early. Whether people are being Scrooges, or it really does dampen the Christmas spirit by celebrating too early, getting your home holiday-ready in November has always been somewhat frowned upon. Until now.
Because research has surfaced that there’s an actual psychological benefit to decorating for Christmas early. “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 childhood,” psychologist Steve McKeown told UNILAD.
There is a myriad of reasons people may want to decorate their homes earlier, from reliving the childhood Christmas magic or to make up for the disappointments of Christmases gone by. And there’s a certain social aspect to the decor, too. Focusing on decorating the outside of a home is a way to “integrate themselves into a neighborhood’s social activities.”
So next time someone questions your decorating decisions, hit them with some solid scientific facts. Not only do decorations make you happier, but they can contribute to the happiness of neighbors, too. Christmas decorations mean more cheer – and who could say no to that?