A study said that people who get their Christmas trees out months before are happier and shows a deeper connection to the community they live in.
The twinkling of fairy lights, a tall decorated Christmas tree and the sounds of festive music of joyful hymns all shout the arrival of your favorite time of the year. While some of us wait a week or so till Christmas to deck our homes with lights and stockings, others are all set to welcome the season months before. You believe it's never too early for Christmas lights, and though many may disagree, a study reveals people who put up festive decorations early are happier than others.
According to Independent, those who bring out their Christmas trees earlier than others are much happier and excited in life. Researchers also say that people who light up these houses for the season appear to be more "friendly and cohesive". It shows that they are approachable and helps build a good bond with their neighbors. The report, which is based on a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, states that decorating your front yard makes you appear more friendly.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., said that decking the halls can have a positive effect on a person's mood. She wrote, "...people who decorate the exterior of their homes were seen as more approachable and friendly by their neighbors. So if you’re feeling a bit lonesome and longing to share a little holiday cheer with others – whether it’s other solitary souls or neighborhood families – why not hang a sprig of holly and a big red bow on your door." However, there are other reasons associated with the early Christmas spirit.
"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," says psychoanalyst Steve McKeown.
Christmas celebrations can take you back to your old memories, with nostalgia bringing back the feelings of contentment and joy that often takes over during the holidays. It takes you back to the days where they celebrated the season with parents, grandparents and a room full of cousins.
The memories it brings back are usually driven by the emotional connection they have with the season. “The strong emotions of the holidays can have an equally strong effect on memory, starting a spiral of mood and memory. This spiral can make us even happier as mood and memory feed off each other, but the spiral can take us down as well,” said Ira Hyman, Ph.D. to Psychology Today.
However, it's not always the good times of the past that motivates people to begin their celebrations early on. "It may be a bittersweet feeling. 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," said Mr. Steve McKeown. Putting up decorations helps you maintain your calm and revisit those nostalgic days.
As people who are buried in a hectic and stressful lifestyle, these Christmas decor allows them to go back to their happy childhood days. "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 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!" said McKeown.
According to Jacinta Francis, have decorated house entrances show the connection of an individual with their place of residence. "Displays of personalized decorations may strengthen neighborhood attachment, enhance feelings of safety and deter criminal activity," wrote Jacinta Francis, Ph.D. Having early decorations means that they are well connected to their neighbors and is very attached to their neighborhood.