Science Says Decorating for Christmas Early Will Actually Make You Happier

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Social Media Editor24 November 2017

Get yourself to the tree farm ASAP because science says decorating for Christmas early will improve your overall happiness!

Naysayers, sorry not sorry, but as psychoanalyst Steve McKeown explained to UNILAD: ‘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.’

Christmas morning | © Andrew Neel/Unsplash

The amount of Facebook comment debates that crop up at even the mention of pre-Thanksgiving Christmas decor is proof enough that this is a hot topic, but now that mental health comes into the picture, grouchy Scrooges definitely have a weaker argument against early merriment.

Like smells from childhood, Christmas decorations, according to McKeown, are a visual roadway back to our youth. This means that ringing in the holiday spirit in the house early extends the feelings of happiness and excitement surrounding the season.

Christmas bells | © Sebastian Spindler/Unsplash

It is also worth noting that there is an element of nostalgia involved in this whole process. McKeown says that people who decorate early tend to to do so ‘either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect’.

I guess those judgey people who roll their eyes at the October Christmas music in the grocery store can go chew on some candy cane.

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