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I love Christmas! It’s cliche, it may be cheesy, but I don’t even care: Christmas is my favorite time of year! For as long as I can remember, I have loved Christmas. And because I love lists, I’m sharing my list of five reasons I love Christmas!
Five Reasons I love Christmas:
1. The decor:
Let’s start with an obvious one. How can anyone not love Christmas decorations? Even the worst ones out there are still cheerful and festive! Whereas Halloween decor has everyone looking like they never clean house and live in a cemetery, Christmas decorations make you happy just looking at them. And there are so many options! If you’re not a fan of the “traditional” red and green, there is all different colors of sparkles, gold and silver, gold and red, silver and blue…the list is endless!
2. The music:
I confess, I’m the kind of person who could listen to holiday music year round. Most of the time I try to keep it to the holiday season, but I have a much looser definition of “appropriate times to play Christmas music” than my husband. Sometimes I just have to hear a Christmas song, even if it is July. I love that there is Christmas music that is all about love and parties and being with those you love. Then there are Christmas songs that bring our focus back to the Reason for it all, and the nativity. With a few exceptions, you just can’t go wrong with Christmas music.
3. The vibe:
While I admit there are exceptions to this (and it seems like the exceptions grow by the year), I feel like most people are more cheerful around Christmas. And even with the Scrooge’s out there, Christmas just always feels magical to me.
4. The meaning behind it:
The Christmas story is such a beautiful one. I’ve always loved it, but when I became a mother the story took on a whole new meaning. Mary, the young mother-to-be, traveling, giving birth so far from her community of family. Raising, loving, guiding a Child that would one day die to save the world. It’s so mind boggling and humbling and hope-giving at the same time.
5. The food:
When else is is socially acceptable to bake ridiculous amounts of sugary treats and pass them out? Seriously, think about it. We set aside this time of year to bake and decorate and package and knock on neighbor’s doors. I can’t think of any other time of year when we do that. Christmas baking is a beast of a project, but I love it!! It’s one of my favorite traditions.
What are your favorite things about Christmas? Any particular things you disagree with on my list?