M. Ludwig (2011): Christmas: An Event Driven by our Hormones? Journal of Neuroendocrinology 23, Issue 12: 1191-1193.
No other event in the Christian calendar has such a deep impact on our behaviour as the annual event called Christmas. Christmas is not just ‘Christmas Day’; indeed, it is a long developmental rhythm with a period of almost exactly 365 days. Here, I describe the neuronal and hormonal changes and their effects on our behaviour during the preparation and the execution of the event.