(Meredith) – If you are someone who likes to put up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving, some experts say doing so is actually a good idea.
In a 2017 interview with UNILAD, psychoanalyst Steve McKeown said there are a number of reasons people like to decorate early for Christmas, but that the holiday spirit can increase happiness.
“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 told UNILAD. “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.”
Psychotherapist and best-selling author Amy Morin agreed. She said the holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia, which brings happiness to many people.
“Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity. For many putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods,” Morin told UNILAD.
In addition to nostalgia, Psychologist Deborah Serani said Christmas decorating actually spikes dopamine levels, your “happy” hormones.
The bright lights and colors as well as the general Christmas ambiance are thought to boost happiness.
“For a lot of us, Christmas is a magical time, it’s a time of innocence, it’s a time of joy,” Serani told TODAY. "It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness.