Scaffidi was just opening his program about a week or 10 days ago (good guy, was a great mayor, but just hasn’t grown or developed into a really, really accomplished talk show host) when he made what I thought was a rather surprising statement.
Let’s put it this way. Scaffidi would be shaking his head if he had paid a visit to my home in the past week or so when he would have seen our Christmas decorations along with multiple trees. Not because they’re tacky (they’re not), or over the top (they’re not). It’s the simple fact that they’re already up. Scaffidi was flabbergasted at the very notion, saying on air this whole idea was “insane” because “it’s not even Thanksgiving.”
I guess I missed the memo about that particular rule. Lots of homes in my subdivision have their outdoor lights going as well. Apparently, using Scaffidi’s logic, those neighbors are suffering from a disordered state of mind.
Scaffidi is not alone. A 2015 poll by Confused.com found that more than 86 percent of people said that the entire month of November was too early to put up decorations. But science disagrees.
“It create[s] that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” says psychologist Deborah Serani. “Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone.”
“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,” says psychologist Steve McKeown.
There’s also a school of thought that asserts if neighbors see you putting up Christmas decorations they consider you as being sociable and approachable.
Look, Scaffidi is more than OK to issue an opinion. He’s talk show host for heaven’s sake, and his viewpoint certainly isn’t evil or cruel. But ‘insane’ is not how I would describe Christmas early birds.
I close with this wonderful story.