Hanover. At Christmas time, people can be divided into two completely different groups. There are those who rummage around in the basement for Christmas decorations right after Halloween, and then there are those who refuse to have anything Christmassy in their homes for the rest of their lives. Those who don’t like Christmas can only laugh or shake their heads at the enthusiasts with their houses decorated in early November – but Christmas fans do some things right. According to psychologists, those who decorate for Christmas earlier are happier.
Christmas decorations evoke feelings of childhood
Psychoanalyst Steve Keown told Unilad that Christmas decorations evoke familiar feelings for many people: “In a world of stress and anxiety, people like to connect with things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke the strong feelings of childhood.” With tinsel , Christmas baubles and a Christmas tree you can take yourself back to your carefree childhood. And, Keown explains, the sooner you start decorating, the longer the “magic emotions” of childhood and the excitement will last.
Thinking about the dead at Christmas
Psychologist and author Amy Morin also confirmed this theory to Unilad. She explains that Christmas brings “bittersweet feelings” because holidays are also often a reminder of loved ones who have passed away. “For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays can serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past. Decorating early can help them feel more connected to that person,” explains Morin.
In some cases, however, the excessive and early decoration also has a sad background. According to Morin, this would compensate for childhood neglect or past disappointments at Christmas time.
Decorating makes you look friendlier
Anyone who thinks of the facade in addition to the decoration in the house will also be perceived as friendlier. Keown explains that people who live in decorated houses are often perceived as particularly friendly and sociable, even if you don’t know them personally. As long as there are no arguments with the neighbors because they can’t sleep because of all the lights, according to studies, decorated house facades also send a signal: We are open and want to communicate with our neighbors.
Even those who find the beginning of November excessive for Christmas decorations can at least now slowly start thinking about putting the Christmas tree in the apartment a little earlier. So you have something of him for much longer. And if you suffer from an absolute anti-Christmas pathology, you can try it – very carefully – with a simple chain of lights.