August 09, 2018

Unilad: Here's why it's never too early for Christmas decor

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People who put up their Christmas decorations earlier are generally happier because of the feeling of nostalgia and excitement of childhood that it provides, a study has now confirmed.

A research titled Inferences About Homeowner’s Sociability: Impact of Christmas Decorations and Other Cues conducted the study published in Journal of Environmental Psychology, which revealed that decorating for Christmas helps people connect to positive memories associated with those activities.

The study signifies that decorations are usually used as ‘cues as a way of communicating their accessibility to neighbors.’

The participants in the study were shown houses with decorations and were asked to access the sociability of their owners. It turned out that the people with decorations in their house were considered to be more ‘friendly and cohesive.’

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Steve McKeown, the founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, who is a Psychoanalyst, told Unilad that nostalgia is the most common reason why people put up their Christmas decorations too 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 the childhood,” he told the online source.

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He further explained that decorations are simply “an anchor or pathway” to the old childhood emotions of excitement. So, if one is putting up the Christmas decorations early, it only means that they are prolonging that excitement.

However, McKeown also suggested that the habit of putting up decorations early may also be a way of ‘over-compensating’ for the past disappointment in the holidays.

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According to him, even if people have lost a loved one, the holidays also serve as a reminder of the good times that they shared with that person. Decorating will automatically help people feel more connected with that person.

Unsurprisingly, this also meant that many people used Christmas decorations as a form of escapism to get connected to the lost ones during that time of the year.

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