Psychoanalyst and owner of The McKeown Clinic spoke to UNILAD explaining that the act of putting up Christmas decorations ignites […]
Psychoanalyst and owner of The McKeown Clinic spoke to UNILAD explaining that the act of putting up Christmas decorations ignites those warm and fuzzy feelings associated with celebrating Christmas as a child.
“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,” McKeown said.
“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 news comes after an article was published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology that showed houses decorated over Christmas-time were considered to be more “friendly and cohesive” compared to those without Christmas cheer.
A study 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.”