Psychology experts say getting into the Christmas spirit early with decorations might not be such a bad thing! People who crack out the tinsel and fairy lights the soonest may simply be more nostalgic and in touch with their inner child.
Previous research has found that decorating the outside of your house makes you appear more friendly to your neighbours. In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers found that participants rated decorated houses as more ‘friendly and cohesive’.
Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst, says ‘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!’
And now I don’t feel so bad about putting my Christmas tree up early this year!