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Family dynamics

30th Oct 2019

People who put up Christmas decorations up early are happier, or so research says

Rebecca O'Keeffe

Is October too early?

So summer is over, and we’ve all started talking about Christmas in the office.

Are we all excited already? You better bloody believe it.

Anyway, in my house we have a rule that decorations for Christmas can’t go up until after November 24th (my mum’s birthday).

Usually it results in a small argument because every year I want them up the week after Halloween.

I’m very fucking festive.

christmas decorations

Anyway, it seems as though the earlier your Christmas decorations go up, the happier you are as a human.

Science Direct recently published research explaining that people who put up decorations early are happier, and are seen as more welcoming and personable by others.

“People see those with Christmas decorations as a cue that the residents were friendly and cohesive. Decoration interacted with sociability in a complex but interpretable way.”

“In the absence of Christmas decorations, raters accurately distinguished between the homes of sociable and nonsociable residents; in open ended comments, they attributed their impressions to the relatively more ‘open’ and ‘lived in’ look of the sociable residents’ homes.”

“When Christmas decorations were present, raters actually attributed greater sociability to the nonsociable residents, citing a more open appearance as the basis for their judgements.

“The results support the idea that residents can use their home’s exterior to communicate and  integrate themselves into a neighbourhood.”