Are People Who Decorate Early For Christmas Happier Or More Depressed?
I know it's only November 5th, but you need to go hard on tinsel as soon as possible. Like, take this week off and DECORATE for Christmas. It's GOOD for your mental health. Also here in Iowa, we may have 12 inches of snow before December even comes around... Tis the season.
According to a psychoanalyst named Steve McKeown, people who decorate for Christmas early are HAPPIER than people who wait for a more reasonable time to put them up, like, you know, after Thanksgiving.
Why? Quote, 'In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate [with] things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood. [They're] simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up Christmas decorations early extends the excitement.'
This seems a bit contradictory however. The Independent had a story this past week about listening to Christmas music super early can actually be BAD for you. Make up your mind, 'experts.' Sheesh.