When should you put Christmas decorations up?

Angelo Anderson
November 21, 2017

"Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons, either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect", McKeown recently said to UNILAD, a British Internet media company and website.

While the Scrooges among us will be disgusted at the mere sight of a bauble pre-December 1, it turns out the festive fanatics are the ones having the last laugh.

According to Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst and founder of MindFixers, it's really not that complicated: Christmas decorations help adults remember the happiness they felt when they were kids during the Christmas season.

There are the people who start their Christmas shopping in June and basically start celebrating Christmas the minute Halloween has been and gone.

According to experts, decorating for Christmas early may make you happier, so you might want to consider pulling your garlands and huge Santa statues down from the attic a bit sooner.

"Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement", McKeown explained to Unilad. We also examine the possibility that residents who decorate for Christmas but who have few friends on the block may be using the decorations and other cues as a way of communicating their accessibility to neighbors. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa.

There's something Christmas decorations that can make you feel more connected to your roots, provided that those memories are good ones.

Getting overexcited and "vomiting" Christmas all over your front lawn - there's a house in every town - is not garish and obscene.

It's a sign of a friendly family, according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Christmas is meant to be a time of unity, but the pre-holiday period always seems to divide people, especially when it comes to decorations.

Give us a break!

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