Yes, those who already have their Christmas Trees up are clearly insane. However, if one psychoanalyst is to be believed, the early erectors are gifting themselves some sweet sweet serotonin.
Today is October 11. We’re 75 days from Christmas.
To those who have already erected their tree, you’re not insane. In fact, the opposite may be true.
According to psychoanalyst Steve McKeown, there are significant psychological benefits of making hay with tinsel. He says: “Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.”
Discussing the phonemon with academic publication Unilad, he added: “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…decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!”
In the interest of objective journalism, Forbes has chorused the twelve negative conditions of Christmas.
How about we maybe just put the tree up and skip the holiday wholesale?