When Christmas season starts, every family is excited to put out all of their decor and ornaments to decorate their homes. This brings a different level of happiness for everyone. In fact, seeing Christmas decor even in the streets can definitely light up your day!
Decorating for Christmas has always been a tradition. You only decorate your home with Christmas ornaments once a year, so even if one doesn’t like Christmas, he or she might still end up doing the decorations because it’s a tradition.
A recent poll shows that 86% of those who were asked admitted that November was too soon to start putting up Christmas decorations. Still, in other parts of the world, others do it as soon as the ‘ber’ months begin. In fact, there are others who do not only celebrate Christmas once a year. They go to the extreme of celebrating it also in July, and if they feel like decorating, they will do it even if its summer.
If you are enthusiastic about Christmas, then here’s some good news for you!
Science may have a reason or explanation for this too. There is research that suggests to not have a time restriction on when you can put out your Christmas decorations. Simply because we do not really know when we would feel like putting up our Christmas tree or putting out your decors from the storage room.
Many people find Christmas decorating to be fun and enjoyable. There is no doubt that this activity can boost someone’s mood. A psychologist believes that this can create a neurological shift in our brain that can produce happiness. This means that for many people, Christmas decorating can spike a feel-good hormone called dopamine.
Maybe you are wondering how this can be possible. If you have noticed, many of us are nostalgic when putting up Christmas decorations. For sure when you were younger, this is one of the most awaited time with your family. This is also what experts believe.
Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do explains, “The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity.” She added, “For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods.”
However, you also have to remember that not everyone has pleasant childhood Christmas memories. There are people who connect Christmas with happiness, but there are others who do not have a connection with Chrismas activities. Still, they can have some benefits from decorating.
Amy Morin further explains that for those who have lost their loved ones, it may be a sad moment being not physically together, but this can still bring about happy memories with that person in their past. “Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual,” Morin says.
Another benefit of putting up Christmas decor is that it can increase your happiness. So if someone tells you that it’s too early to decorate your home and feel the essence of Christmas, let them know that science says it all – this can really make you feel happier. Still, to each of their own.