The holiday season is just over a month away. With Remembrance Day over, many people are thinking about hanging their lights, putting up the Christmas tree and decking the halls. But, some may already be a step (or several!) ahead. It seems that more and more people are decorating for Christmas as early as November 1st; just as Halloween comes down, garland and tinsel go up. And, experts have found that decorating earlier actually makes you a happier person.
Amy Morin, a Florida-based psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, says “for most people, decorating for Christmas reminds us of the best times in our lives. Thinking of those happy memories stirs up happy feelings.”
What is your fondest holiday memory? Perhaps it was helping decorate the tree, baking with family, or watching classic holiday movies as the snow gently fell outside. Whatever your memories are, it’s easy to see why decorating for the season fills people with joy. “When you’re putting up decorations, you’re thinking of happier times, times with family and friends and family traditions you engaged in. For some people it’s bittersweet—if family members are no longer here—but it’s still a way to connect.” Morin states.
Chromotherapy, known as colour therapy, can also be a contributing factor to increased energy and boosted mood. With all the bright lights and pops of colour, sparkling decorations are a welcome addition. Also, when exposed to the overall ambiance of Christmas, it’s almost impossible not to feel happier. And, if children are involved, seeing their eyes light up at the sight of a Christmas tree or beautifully decorated home, it’s like experiencing the season through a new lens.
Interestingly enough, the same research has shown that people view Christmas decorations on a home as an indicator that the occupants are friendly and social. So, your neighbours might just pop over for some holiday cheer or follow your lead and decorate themselves.
During the holiday season, we also feel the need to give to others and contribute to charities or other organizations that are close to our hearts. This can also increase the amount of happiness we feel. Since giving to others makes us feel so wonderful, the desire to start earlier in the season is understandable.
How Early is too Early?
So, what do you think? How early is too early? Do you agree that holiday decorations make you happier? Or, do you think that you can enjoy them just as much if they don’t get up until December? No matter which side of the fence you are on, does it really matter when the decorations go up? For most, the holiday season is about family, friends, and building lasting memories with those you love; whether your tree has been up for weeks, or you haven’t even begun thinking about it yet.