Every year it feels like Christmas begins earlier and earlier, with festive television adverts filling our screens and rows of seasonal goodies being stocked in the shops. And, generally speaking, this will make you feel one of two ways: all fuzzy and warm inside or internally screaming, "But, it's still November". If you're the latter and put off decorating your house until the very last minute, you could be doing yourself a disservice, reveals one psychologist.
According to Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst and founder of MindFixers and The McKeown Clinic, people who start putting up their Christmas decorations earlier could be happier and feel UniLad, McKeown explained that getting in the festive spirit with fairy lights and tinsel is very nostalgic and helps us reconnect to happy childhood memories:as a result. But why? Speaking to
"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."
Furthermore, Amy Morin, psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do told the publication that it might also help to feel more connected after the loss of loved ones:
"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."
So there you have it. Embrace the festive feeling and dig out the baubles to feel less stressed – even if it is still November…