Early Christmas decorators are happier people

omg 20/11/2017

Tell the Grinch in your life it's not so bad to put up your tree in November - because it's better for your health!

"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," psychoanalyst Steve McKeown spoke to UniLad.

"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!"

Amy Morin, another psychoanalyst, agreed and shared that Christmas nostalgia seems to connect people with childhood memories and lost loved ones.

"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."