I have a confession to make… I am a premature Christmas decorator. I know, according to many, I should be ashamed of myself. After all, the fat man has no business sticking his nose (or his round belly for that matter) into the American turkey day, right? But to me, the holidays pretty much start November 1st.
On November first I found myself pulling out box after box of decorations for the home. First a box of snow globes, followed by signs, and wrapping paper, lights, and finally the pièce de résistance…the Christmas tree. By the end of the day, my house was about 80% decorated. You can see the start of our holiday decorations here. Only thing left is to pick up a couple of strings of lights, some garland, and the ornaments for the tree. Once I manage to get those few things, the inside of my house will be completely decorated.
Contrary to popular belief, I’m not trying to skip Thanksgiving. I actually really enjoy Thanksgiving but to me that’s all just part of one big season to be enjoyed. I’ve also found that when I decorate early, I tend to feel more in the spirit of things and my holiday depression doesn’t seem to set in as hard as when I don’t decorate or wait until the last minute.
Now, I didn’t always use to be like this. I came from a family that went all out for Christmas but we always waited until the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating everything. I loved it but I always felt like it just wasn’t enough time to really enjoy everything, especially when you consider the amount of work that went into getting everything up. Once we were done, you really only had about two weeks or so to enjoy the completed project. So once I got older and had my own house, I decided that I wanted to be able to enjoy it for the entire holiday season.
It would seem that my idea of decorating early wasn’t altogether that crazy either. According to scientists, people who decorate earlier are happier.
In his interview with the Unilad, Psychoanalyst, Steve McKeown touted the benefits of hanging those Christmas lights a bit early.
“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 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!”
So for the next 64 days or so, I’m going to sit in my living room pretending that it’s cold outside while I enjoy sipping on hot chocolate, watching cheesy Christmas movies, and looking at all of our pretty decorations.
Let me know in the comment section if you have already started decorating for the holidays or if you wait until after Thanksgiving and don’t forget to subscribe.