A few weeks ago, I read the article below about how decorating early for Christmas is good for our mental health. Last year I read a similar article. Of course as the owner of a personalized Christmas ornament company, I loved hearing this again. I was originally going to save this article, write a blog about it sometime this month, and post the blog on our site in November.
However, when I went to Costco a couple of weeks ago, I was sooooo surprised to see two aisles of artificial Christmas trees and decorations displayed! Then last week, I went shopping with a friend and discovered there were others stores as well that already had Christmas decorations displayed!! In September!
I assume that only those who do NOT decorate their homes for Halloween would even consider decorating their homes for Christmas sometime in October, but hey, if it makes you as happy as this article states, GO FOR IT!
Now I do realize that just because people buy artificial Christmas trees and decorations in September or October doesn’t necessarily mean they put them up this early, but I sure would love to find out if anyone does. I posted the link for the article I read last year on Facebook. As I sit here, I am contemplating posting the link to this article on Facebook and again asking for comments on how early our Facebook friends would consider decorating for Christmas. It really would be fun and interesting to know.
The reality is that I have known people who criticize others for decorating for Christmas too early. Maybe reading this article will change those people’s minds and encourage themselves and others to think about decorating well before December. And OK, I get how September and October might be a little too early for most people, but come November 1st???? As I said before….GO FOR IT! Any excuse to be happy works for me!
Here is the article, and while it is short, the message is clear. I hope reading it makes you as happy as it did me.
Psychologists Confirm People Who Decorate For Christmas Early Are Happier, So Now You Have Justification
August 16, 2019 by MURPHY MORONEY
If you were one of those families who had their tree decorated and the Christmas village out and in full swing by Nov. 1, you might be in luck. According to experts, decorating for Christmas early may make you happier, so you might want to consider pulling your garlands and gigantic Santa statues down from the attic a bit sooner.
“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 told Unilad. “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!” That seems logical enough.
Pyschotherapist Amy Molin agreed, explaining that Christmas decorations can take you back to a simpler time, at least mentally. “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.” She also says that it can help those who have lost someone feel closer to the loved one in question, adding that “decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”