If you’ve already swapped pumpkin for reindeer, you’re not alone, and it can really benefit you in more ways than one.
YouGov says 29% of Americans decorate their homes for Christmas before Thanksgiving.
And the same study found that 51% decorate before the beginning of December.
That’s a lot of floor coverings.
If you break it down by state, residents of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky decorate the most, while residents of Nevada decorate the least. Could it be that Sin City is just being naughty?
Georgia looks like Scrooge at No. 34 on this list, while Mississippi cheers “ho, ho, ho” at No. 5.
In accordance with Ladies of Lombardothe average person decorating for Christmas will spend about $70 on decorations and three hours to decorate their home.
So, why all the fuss and are there any real benefits to decorating other than looks?
The answer is yes.
Mental health and decorating
Come back, you grinches. No bad Christmas atmosphere is allowed.
“People get excited [for Christmas] earlier and earlier” – Etsy trend expert, Dinah Isom Johnsonsaid at Martha Stewart blog. “And we shouldn’t hold back anyone’s enthusiasm for the holiday season, because it’s a time to celebrate friends and family and spend quality time together.”
Early decorating does more than just make your home look good; it enhances the meaning of the holiday.
It can also improve your mood.
“Christmas decorations will boost dopamine, the feel-good hormone,” they said Psychologist Deborah Serani. It can “create that neurological shift that can trigger happiness.”
Setting up the Christmas tree, lighting the lights and playing festive music can remind us of childhood or fond memories.
Even something as simple as a Christmas candle can evoke positive thoughts.
Atlanta psychologist Rebecca Leslie said, “If someone has a holiday scent that evokes positive emotions or memories, that scent can lift your spirits.”
Decorating for Christmas puts you in control because you choose where to go.
It is also a powerful distraction, especially from stressors such as the media, illness or work.
Come on, dust off those nuts and play Mariah Carey. You are now in your winter wonderland.