Here we are, it’s early November and the C word is creeping into conversation more and more frequently.
We’re all in a kind of limbo, someone in the office has been brave enough to add ‘Driving home for Christmas’ to the playlist. A move which has been met with controversy to say the least.
Whilst it may seem these people are prematurely festive, could their Christmas cheer actually have a deeper meaning?
According to findings published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, people who put up their Christmas decorations early could actually be happier and friendlier than us Grinches.
Participants in the study rated residents based only on photographs of their home and front yard. As expected, a main effect for the decorated factor indicated that raters used Christmas decorations as a cue that the residents were friendlier than those without decorations.
Speak to Unilad, psychoanalyst Steve McKeown, said people who get in the festive spirit sooner rather than later are generally more excited by life. She added that the nostalgia that surrounds Christmas can also contribute to the happiness of a person.
“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.
“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 their 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!”
The nostalgia of Christmas celebrations can also remind us of memories of loved ones no longer with us.
McKeown continued: “It may be a bittersweet feeling. Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa.”