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People who put up Christmas decorations early are happier, expert claims

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There is still more than three months to go until December 25. But experts have claimed people who put up Christmas decorations such as trees, tinsel and baubles earlier are more nostalgic and in touch with their childhood.

Steve McKeown, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, said people like to “associate to things that make them happy” and that Christmas decorations bring back “old childhood magical emotions of excitement”.

He added that putting festive decorations up early can “extend the excitement”.

He 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 childhood.

“Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement.

“So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement!”

Amy Morin, psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, added that the festive period “stirs up a sense of nostalgia”.

She said: “Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity.

“For many putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods.”

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Participants of the study were shown houses with decorations and without.

The authors wrote: “A main effect for the decorated factor indicated that raters used Christmas decorations as a cue that the residents were friendly.”

Traditionally, decorations go up on the first day of advent, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.



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