What Your Favorite Holiday Says About Your Personality

That pitter-patter you feel in your heart every time you think about dressing a turkey, decking the halls with boughs of holly, or getting down to "Thriller," could tell you more about yourself than you might imagine. "What people love about life is on display when it comes to what holiday they prefer the most," says Kit Yarrow, a consumer research psychologist and professor at Golden Gate University, and author of Gen Buy and the upcoming Decoding the New Consumer Mind. Here, she breaks down what type of person you might be—whether it's New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day that sends you into celebration overdrive. By Jennifer Hirshlag

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    If you love Christmas and/or Hanukkah, you may be a collector

    Santa Claus is not the only one making a list and checking it twice. You also have diligently gathered the gifts, the goodies, the wrapping, the ribbons, the lights, the candles, and all the tokens and trinkets that have come to symbolize the end-of-the-year holidays, no matter how you celebrate them. "I interview consumers all the time who collect stuff for Christmas and Hanukkah year-round," Yarrow says. "For them, they are obsessed with taking the time to hone and perfect the collection. Then they finally get to put it on display, which is very much like putting their own personality on display."

    Collecting isn’t confined to material objects, either. "For most families, every year introduces new traditions," Yarrow explains. "For many people, they can’t celebrate without these traditions. It’s one of the ways they honor the fundamental values of family."

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