Psychotherapist Jade Thomas believes that we can learn a lot about our personality based on when we start preparing for the holidays. She outlines five types of holiday shoppers, each with their own unique characteristics.
Firstly, there are the “early risers,” who start shopping in December or even earlier. According to Thomas, these individuals are often high achievers, competitive and impatient, preferring to avoid a last-minute rush during the usually stressful holiday season.
On the other hand, some people get into the Christmas spirit as early as summer. These individuals are optimistic and enthusiastic, always excited about planning and organizing for the holidays. Thomas likens them to the human equivalent of a golden retriever.
At the other end of the spectrum are those who start preparing right at the beginning of December. Thomas describes them as logical and orderly, unable to understand why someone would think about Christmas before then.
Finally, there are those who leave Christmas shopping until the last minute due to being very relaxed or not particularly fond of the holiday season. Thomas suggests that these types may have negative associations with Christmas, leading to feelings of sadness or a bad mood during the holiday season.
Overall, it seems that our approach to holiday preparation reveals a lot about our personalities and can help us better understand ourselves and others around us during this busy season.