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Chistmas Shocker!

December 23, 2010 1 comment

And in news that can only be filed under “Research I Could Have Done Myself Without Spending Any Money Whatsoever,” scientists at Simon Fraser University have found that people who don’t celebrate Christmas find Christmas displays alienating.

What I find sadly not surprising are the comments from the readers of PsychCentral, one of whom said that non-Christians should feel bad because they don’t follow Christ and three of whom basically said, “Nonsense, everyone likes Christmas.” There were only four comments.

In order to give credit where credit is due, I was first alerted to this study by Lena Groeger, of Etcetera

I will now go and try a find a study that proves that parents who don’t have enough money to feed their children are envious of those who do.

Actual Studies Referred to Above

Schmitt, Michael T.; Davies, Kelly; Hung, Mandy; Wright, Stephen C. (2010). Identity moderates the effects of christmas displays on mood, self-esteem, and inclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Spangenberg, Eric R.; Grohmann, Bianca; Sprott, David E. (2005). It’s beginning to smell (and sound) a lot like Christmas: The interactive effects of ambient scent and music in a retail setting. Journal of Business Research, 58(11), 1583-1589.