Putting up your Christmas decorations earlier could make you happier

Family putting Christmas decorations up

As much as we all love Christmas (opens in new tab), most of us are against those die-hard enthusiasts who get out the baubles and nativity sets the moment the trick-or-treaters have gone home. Surely the Christmas tree (opens in new tab) shouldn't go up before December, right?

But it turns out this year there's a big excuse to throw out all of our stuffy ideas about Christmas bauble (opens in new tab) etiquette and, honestly, we're here for it.

It's no secret that coronavirus (opens in new tab)' impact on 2020 has left all of us in need of a serious cheer up and more than ready for some festive joy - and it turns out that putting your Christmas decorations up early this year could actually give you a much-needed boost of happiness.

A study by the University of Utah and Temple University, both in the US, revealed that people who put up Christmas decorations earlier are happier and are generally seen as more friendly and open by others.

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Researchers showed participants photographs of strangers’ houses and asked them to accurately identify the more friendly residents.

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The findings show that ‘Christmas decorations [were seen] as a cue that the residents were friendly and cohesive’ and that ‘residents can use their home's exterior to communicate attachment'.

Another reason why those who get in the spirit early are happier could be that the decorations make them nostalgic of childhood – a time when they had less stress and didn’t have to worry about ‘adulting’.

A dose of pre-pandemic nostalgia anyone?

While it's been confirmed that this Christmas will certainly be different from the ones we know and love, there's no harm in adding a sprinkle of Christmas magic a couple of weeks early to remind us of happier Christmases passed.

Decorations make people think about happy times on Christmas Day when they’re surround by loved ones, so are a positive influence on one’s mood.

Still though, this definitely does not excuse those who leave the tinsel and fairy lights up all year round. That’s just not right!

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha Badkar is a lifestyle writer who specialises in health, beauty - and the royals. After completing her MA in Magazine Journalism at the City, the University of London in 2017, she interned at Women’s Health, Stylist, and Harper’s Bazaar, creating features and news pieces on health, beauty, and fitness, wellbeing, and food. She loves to practice what she preaches in her everyday life with copious amounts of herbal tea, Pilates, and hyaluronic acid.