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For instance, at Christmas time people often attempt to induce a state of nostalgia. Listening to old music, telling old stories, baking certain foods, ect.

I believe I've heard a term for this but I just can't find it via google search.

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    Could "sentimentalism" be the word? – Gustavson Mar 3 '17 at 17:15
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    'harking back to the good old days' - i appreciate this isn't a single word, but if you mumble it out is sounds like one. – JMP Mar 3 '17 at 17:21
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Sentimental:

Having, showing, or caused by strong or extravagant tenderness or sadness, often in an idealized way: "He had no sentimental illusions about poverty's virtues" (Sherill Tippins).

American Heritage Dictionary, 5th Ed.

It is the 'inducing or forcing nostalgia' that makes being sentimental into something syrupy, a negative.

  • @Gustavson - Yes, when I saw the similarity, I already upvoted you at that time. We must have been typing at the same time. – Yosef Baskin Mar 3 '17 at 19:10

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