Dying to put your Christmas tree up? You're probably a happy person

Dying to put up the Christmas tree already? Psychology says you’re probably a happier person than the rest of us [Photo: Getty]
Dying to put up the Christmas tree already? Psychology says you’re probably a happier person than the rest of us [Photo: Getty]

Ignore all those people who tell you it’s too early to put up the Christmas tree.

Turns out your love of the festive season is actually making you a lot happier than the Scrooges out there.

Psychology experts have revealed that people who put their Christmas decorations up early are happier than those who wait until the ‘right’ time.

Apparently, the tinsel and fairy lights remind people of their childhood; a time before they had to deal with the stresses of being an adult.

Psychologists say that people who put up their Christmas decorations prematurely are yearning for nostalgia [Photo: Getty]
Psychologists say that people who put up their Christmas decorations prematurely are yearning for nostalgia [Photo: Getty]

“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!”

As well as giving strong feelings of nostalgia, decorating your home early is also seen as a method of remembering loved ones who have passed away.

Putting up Christmas lights can even help you bond with your neighbours [Photo: Getty]
Putting up Christmas lights can even help you bond with your neighbours [Photo: Getty]

“For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past,” psychotherapist Amy Morin added to UNILAD.

“Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”

A love of an early Christmas can also help you bond with your neighbours.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that going crazy with the lights and inflatable Santas can make you appear more friendly to the locals.

So there’s really no downsides. Better start decorating.

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