We all know the best bit about Christmas isn’t actually the day itself, it’s the exciting preamble that leads up to it – where it’s all about cramming in as many festive films as possible, shoving tinsel into every crevice of your house and a near-constant stream of roast dinners. That’s the bit that should last forever because it’s absolutely ace.
Well, it turns out that people who start those gleeful Christmas preparations nice and early are actually happier people.
We can all agree that Christmas isn’t really about the day itself, but the preparations that lead up to it. Watching as many Christmas movies as possible, gift shopping for your closest friends and family and nearly a constant streak of roast dinners. For what it worth, that bit can last forever because it’s the best part of the holidays.
As it turns out, statistics show that people who start their Christmas preparations early are actually happier people.
Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst says that people who get into the festive spirits sooner are in general, more excited about life than other people.
According to McKeown, one of the main reasons is that we associate Christmas to the times when we were kids, careless, had no work or bills to take care of, no responsibilities, so times were good. The nostalgia of Christmas celebrations can also remind us of memories of loved ones no longer with us.
Steve says that although there might be more reasons that people would want to Christmas decorate early, the most common one is because of nostalgia for the old times or reliving the magic of past neglect over the holidays.
Living in today’s world full of stress and anxiety, people often want to evoke their childhood memories of happiness. The decorations are the source of these old feel-good emotions, so putting the Christmas decorations early only stretches the excitement.
The sentimentality around Christmas celebrations can also be reminding people of loved ones that passed away. For example, memories of celebrating the holiday with someone while they were still alive or simply looking at the Christmas tree reminding yourself what it was like when you were a kid.
There is even something more to it, according to McKeown, people who decorate the outside of their house with Christmas lights are in general more friendly and open people compared to neighbors.
So guys, what are you waiting for?? Get those dusty decorations out of the loft and let’s get merry!