There are 2 types of people: the people who start listening to Christmas tunes the first day of November, and those who wait until Christmas is just two weeks away to show their spirit.
The latter tend to harbor strong disdain for the former, but the Christmas season should start as early as anyone wants it to. No matter how religious someone is, celebrating the Christmas season spreads the gospel and expose people to Christ.
Not only does Christmas spread the gospel just by virtue of its existence and celebration, but the many features of the Christmas season tend to make people happier. The Christmas season is associated with colder weather, cozy blankets, warm fires, the smell of pine needles, fresh layers of snow, and the aroma of baked goods. These bring out warm feelings and provide comfort.
Amy Morin, psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, says that there is a sharp uptick in altruism during Christmastime. People tend to give more to charity, which, in turn, makes those people feel good.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, people are also more likely to speak to their neighbors during an extended Christmas season. The study specifies that people with more festive homes are seen as more friendly and open. It suggests that decorations are social cues that demonstrate accessibility to friends and neighbors.
The Christmas season often brings up feelings of nostalgia for people. It can be one of the most strongly remembered events of childhood. Celebrating traditions can be reminiscent of childhood or loved ones who’ve passed on. According to Morin, “When you’re putting up decorations, you’re thinking of happier times, times with family and friends and family traditions you engaged in.”
Even if studies didn’t suggest that these spikes in interaction, altruism and happiness occur as a result of an extended Christmas season, people should still be encouraged to celebrate as early as they’d like!
As long as this celebration makes one person’s life a little lighter, it’s worth starting early.
Merry Christmas Season!
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.