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Putting Up Christmas Decorations Early Can Actually Make You Happier

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at The Hearty Soul

We all know that one individual who gets excited about Christmas while the rest of us are enjoying the heat of summer. We’re camping, swimming, boating and catching rays. They drive us crazy with their “__ Days until Christmas” countdown on Facebook. Maybe that person is you.

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Before you judge your neighbor’s premature enjoyment of Christmas, consider what Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown had to say about the effect of embracing Christmas traditions early:

“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 extend the excitement!” [1]

Holiday Spirit can improve your mood due to nostalgic memories of Christmases past. Others strive to make happier memories because of a disappointing one.[1]

How early is too early?

Exterior Lights

Studies show that putting up decorations fosters a sense of community and makes you seem more approachable to your neighbors.[2] However, folks who put lights up too early or leave them up too late are often a cause of annoyance. It may be best to wait at least until after Thanksgiving to light up the outside of your home.[3]

Christmas Carols

Music can definitely get you in the mood for the season.

“For someone who really enjoys Christmas music, it’s releasing endorphins in their brain and again, it’s because you love Christmas. When you hear those songs it gets you excited and you’re having good memories and your body is in a good place.” says certified music therapist Pam Lansbergen.[4]

Negative impacts

Hearing the same songs repeatedly can have a less desirable effect on individuals, especially retail employees who are subjected to the music for hours on end. It’s not just Christmas music.[4] As anyone who has heard a new catchy song on the radio knows, radio overplay begins to make your favorite song become annoying.

So why can some people happily listen to Christmas carols all year long, while others are driven crazy by them? Victoria Williamson, Ph.D., a psychology of music researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London indicates that it depends largely on the individual’s state of mind.[5]

Those already feeling holiday stress over money or anxiety due to family relationships may find that the seasonal music serves as a reminder of their stress and amplifies it. In contrast, the music is a mood booster for people who are in a relaxed state.[5]

The “Christmas Creep”

Department stores inundate us with Christmas earlier and earlier each year.[6]
Retail stores have their own underlying reasons for playing music. Studies show that music puts consumers in the buying mood.[5]


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Tips for the Wannabe Year Round Christmas Enthusiast

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January

Pick up Christmas décor and wrap while it’s on sale after the holidays.

May-July

Avoid shopping in November-December when stores are packed and items are picked over. Try a leisurely shop in the summer. Just remember where you put all those pretty packages when it comes time to put them under the tree.

Check out these unique gifts to give the person that has everything:

Take your family Christmas card photos early. Hang a strand of Garland in the background and don your best ugly Christmas sweaters. Play Christmas carols.[7]

August -September

Make DIY ornaments with the kids or your friends. Give these adorable hedgehog tree ornaments a shot.

Leaving all the baking until December can stress you out. Start baking early.
Cookies and treats can be frozen for up to three months.[8] Check out this healthy version of gingerbread cookies.

Organize a cookie or ornament swap.

October-November

Take a wreath making class at a local Arts and Crafts shop or nursery.

Get ready for all that incoming Christmas mail by creating a Christmas card display.[7]

The weather is changing and fewer daylight hours can be depressing. Get that warm fuzzy feeling with twinkle lights, dairy free eggnog by the fire, and seasonal scented candles.[7]

Use Christmas scented essential oils such as pine, cinnamon, or frankincense and modify the recipe for these non-toxic scented candles

Make a gingerbread house, or a mansion if you’re Martha Stewart.

Putting up decorations is a lot of work. Start earlier and extend the enjoyment.

So, if you want to deck the halls in July, go for it. We won’t judge.

Pass the eggnog, please.


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