Putting up Christmas decorations early officially makes you a happier person

20 November 2020, 13:44

One psychologist says embracing the magical month of December can make you happier
One psychologist says embracing the magical month of December can make you happier. Picture: Getty

'Tis the season to be jolly, after all.

We don't know about you, but after this year, we can't wait to celebrate Christmas with a little bit of festive cheer.

And it seems we're not the only ones, as millions of people across the world have started setting up their Christmas decorations early this year.

And although there's bound to be at least one Grinch in every family, a psychologist has claimed that putting up your decorations early actually makes you a happier person.

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Getting into the festive spirit can do wonders for your mental health.
Getting into the festive spirit can do wonders for your mental health. Picture: Getty

Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown claims many people enjoy the process of adorning their home with twinkling fairy lights, trees, tinsel and snowmen because it's a "nostalgic" process.

It also works wonders for some people's mental health as Christmas decs remind them of happy childhood times.

Turns out there might be genuine psychological benefits to getting your Xmas decs up early.
Turns out there might be genuine psychological benefits to getting your Xmas decs up early. Picture: Getty

He told Unilad: "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.

If having all your decorations up before the Christmas countdown makes you happy, go for it!
If having all your decorations up before the Christmas countdown makes you happy, go for it! Picture: Getty

"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!"

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