FORGET Brexit – there is another big debate dividing the nation.
When is it too early to put up your Christmas decorations?
While the Scrooges among us will be squeamish at the mere sight of a trinket before December 1, it turns out the party fanatics are the ones who have the last laugh.
Because, according to experts, those who exploit their inner buddy (think Christmas movie classic, Elf) and stick theirs early are truly happier and more relaxed.
Steve McKeown, psychoanalyst and owner of the McKeown Clinic, said Unilad people who start decorating as soon as they have blown out the candle on their Halloween pumpkin are driven by nostalgia.
He said: âIn a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate with things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood.
âThe decorations are simply an anchor or a path to those magical excitement emotions of old childhood.
“So putting up those Christmas decorations earlier prolongs the excitement.”
The decorations are simply an anchor or a path to those magical emotions of old childhood excitement.
And Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t, told Unilad that Christmas is a time when people feel more connected to their past and to those they have lost.
âThe holidays are a reminder of when a loved one was still alive,â she said.
âOr maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone what life was like when they still believed in Santa.
âFor people who have lost a loved one, it can serve as a reminder of the happy times they spent with that person.
“Decorating early can help them feel more connected with this person.”
And past scientific research suggests another theory.
Getting excited and “throwing up” Christmas on your lawn – there is a house in every town – is not garish and obscene.
It’s a sign of a friendly family, according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.
The authors wrote: âA main effect for the decorated factor was that the reviewers used the Christmas decorations to indicate that the residents were friendly. “