It’s that time of the year again when our houses are lit, streets are decorated, and kids are waiting desperately for Santa’s visit. But doesn’t it seem like we just took down last year’s Christmas decorations? Well, if you also feel like 12 months went by too fast, then you are not the only one. In fact, there has been a study that shows that a lot of adults feel the same.
How Do Our Minds Work?
When we were kids, the time between two Christmases felt like forever. However, for adults, time flies by. During a survey when 918 adults were asked if they also feel like Christmas comes sooner every year, 77% said yes. This happens because, as adults, memories define the passage of time for us. The lesser the memories, the shorter the time feels. Additionally, with age, we stop trying new things. This also serves as a factor as to why we make fewer memories and 12 months feel like 6.
The Time and Energy We Put In
Another reason why time seems shorter for adults is because of all the time and energy we put into the festival. Where Christmas is all about gifts, Santa, magic, and fun for kids, it is about planning, shopping, decorating, cooking, and wrapping for adults. The stress all this creates in our minds makes us feel like we have too little time and too much to do. However, with kids, they keep waiting for their piece of cake desperately and therefore every day feels like a week to them.
The Stocked-Up Shelves and Lit-Up Streets
One more thing that makes our mind feel like Christmas is already there is how soon the festive vibes start spreading around us. Stores stack up decoration items, colorful lights, candles, and a lot more as soon as we hit October.