As always, come mid November, social media is awash with arguments about ‘how early is too early’ to start decorating houses for Christmas.
The eager, post their images of just-decorated trees and are beaten down pretty sharply by those who oppose…
HOW EARLY IS TOO EARLY?
It never fails to surprise me just how heated this debate can get: ‘how early is too early to decorate your house for Christmas?’
For me, it’s simply about personal choice and just like with everything else in our lives, why should that be anyone else’s business? We would not dream of commenting publicly on a friend’s choice of wallpaper or sofa – so why do people get so upset about when they put their tree up in November? It is in their OWN house!
It baffles me.
We are all individuals and we are all different – unique in fact. It is what makes this world such a fascinating and interesting place. Acceptance is the key-word here if you ask me.
Accept that not everyone will agree with you in this life and do not feel that their choices somehow affect you when they don’t…
Am I in the early camp I hear you cry? Well, I am definitely on the twinkly fairy-lit side of this fence but I do try to wait until December, simply because my children get too excited too soon otherwise.
But listen…life is short, and fast, and tough. If you can get a few extra weeks of that cosy, excited feeling – if it makes your daily burdens seem somehow more joyful and light – then I say GO FOR IT! Why on earth would you not find happiness wherever you can?
Anyway, recent information has been delivered to the public this week, allowing for the eager and excited early decorators to keep their jolly smiles firmly on their happy faces, officially…
‘SAYS WHO?’ I hear you cry…
Source: The Independant
“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,” Steve McKeown, Psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told UNILAD.
“In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood.
“Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!”
But not only can decorating your home fill you with festive joy, it could also help you bond with your neighbours.
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology revealed that decorating the outside of your house makes you appear more friendly.
For some people, putting up Christmas decorations is a way to bring back memories of good times with loved ones who’ve passed away.
“Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive,” Amy Morin, psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, told UNILAD.
“Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa.
“For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past. Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”
So, which camp are you in? If you are one of those who get annoyed by early Christmas celebrators – why do you think that is? Are you one of the afflicted ‘over-eager beavers’?
Let me know ladies!