Why it’s Never Too Early to Decorate For Christmas


By Emma Bittner

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Any true believer would not need an explanation; however, it has come to my attention that many do not agree with the idea of decorating for Christmas prematurely. Weird.

 

Let me start by saying, I was raised a premature decorator. By mid-November, the house (and halls) were always decked with Christmas everywhere. Sometimes even by the end of October the backyard was filled with trees, lights, garland, and Santa hats, the whole nine yards. So, needless to say, decorating early and Christmas cheer is in my blood.

 

There is a method to the madness of decorating, as some may say, WAY too early. Simply, it makes you happier. My “Christmas Care Package” from my parents came this week and it instantly made my day better. After waking up late three days in a row and an overall rough week, Christmas decorations were my relief. I went to town in my dorm and it gave me a stress outlet and let me put all of that energy into something creative and exciting.

 

What About Thanksgiving?

Now many may be thinking “What about Thanksgiving??” and let me clarify. I do love Thanksgiving, a day dedicated to eating? Yes, please. I pause the holiday madness for Thanksgiving and may even have a stuffed turkey and cornucopia on the table. While Thanksgiving is great, Christmas is my favorite and I want to bask in the season as long as possible. When stockings were hung on my door on November 7th I got the looks and had people roll their eyes, but it’s nearly that time of year.

 

Science is on My Side

Even if you don’t believe me and my passionate frenzy, maybe you’ll believe science. Yeah, there is science to back me up here. Steve McKeown, Psychoanalyst, and owner of The McKeown Clinic said that “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.” Simply, prematurely decorating makes you happier.

 

As college students bombarded by stress daily with papers, projects, and exams, we need an outlet for our stress. Christmas and even just the holiday season, however you celebrate it, is a happier time. The holiday season gives me an extra pep in my step and I’m not ashamed to say I decorate in November. Maybe I am even rubbing off on UT a little with the Christmas Tree already up in the Union.

 

Maybe deck the halls a little earlier and jingle the bells mid-November and you too will be a little less stressed and a lot more joyful.