We have good news for those who love to put those holiday decorations up earlier than Thanksgiving. Experts now say it could make you happier.
There is a constant debate regarding the right time to decorate your house for the holidays. Some people believe it is not appropriate to begin the process until after Thanksgiving, while others barely wait until Halloween is over before they start hanging Santa in the window.
According to Cosmopolitan magazine, psychoanalyst Steve McKeown believes that there is a case for getting into the festive spirit early on. He thinks that in the stressful world we live in, people are always looking for feelings of happiness. The holiday season tends to bring out strong emotions in people regarding their childhood. For example, if childhood was filled with holiday joy, decorating will invoke those same happy feelings and release some stress.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. ☃️— Lauren Jones (@LaurenWAVE3TV) November 4, 2018
I know, I know, some of you probably think I’m nuts for decorating so early, but it makes my family happy, and that just gives me another reason to be thankful this holiday season.
When do you put up your Christmas decorations? pic.twitter.com/bcQBEMrsTM
There is also the argument that putting up those colored lights early can make you more friends. The Journal of Environmental Psychology shared that people who decorate for the holidays are perceived as more accessible and friendlier. It is an excellent way to break the ice with new neighbors, give them a sign that you are approachable.
Finally, putting up decorations for the holidays gives people a sense of nostalgia to a happy time in their life. By getting into the festive spirit, it will generate positivity in anyone's life. Think about how putting up lights, adding tinsel to the tree or even hanging the wreath on the door makes you feel. It immediately puts a smile on your face, doesn't it? For those who have a tough time during the holiday season, putting those decorations up earlier in the season may help them feel closer to someone they miss that time of year.
The debate about when to start decorating for the holiday season will never end. However, if you are one who likes to wait until after Thanksgiving that is ok, but remember that it is also ok to put up some decor after Halloween. Let's stop shaming each other and enjoy the festive spirit with smiles on our faces.
Do you agree that holiday decorating makes you feel happy? When do you think is the right time for holiday decorating? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!