Merry Christmas, friends!
At the present moment, I’m most likely drinking spiked hot cocoa (it’s a holiday, yo), snuggled up in the chunkiest sweater I could find, and spending time with my awesome family. And honestly, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.
Christmas is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. There’s just some intangible, feel-good spirit that seems to envelope me whenever late November hits and I know the season is upon us. The classic Christmas songs–though somewhat dorky–are some of my favorite music EVER, and I love that I can sing them non-stop throughout December unlike when I’m punished for singing ‘Jingle Bells’ in June. The store windows, evoking beautiful, magical treasures envied by all. The baking–need I say more? The traditions, despite being somewhat insane (waking up at 2am much??) are something I look forward to each year. And yes, I do enjoy Christmas shopping, too. There’s something about seeing the joy on my mom’s face when I splurge and get her something really special, or when I got exactly what Jessie wanted but didn’t expect to receive. It’s a fuzzy feeling I just love!
This holiday should be no different than holidays in the past, but given recent tragic situations in the world, it will make me appreciate my family a little more.. hug them a little tighter.. and enjoy our time together a little more. I mean, getting that pair of Betseyville boots you’ve been drooling over would be TOTALLYAWESOME, but when it comes down to it, I think the real gift (corny alert) is the precious time spent with the ones you love most.
So decorate sugar cookies with your kids. Spike your eggnog, cider or cocoa in the early AM. Vow to wake your kids up to open Santa presents instead of the other way around. Buy the mall Santa a Starbucks giftcard. Take the time to really say and mean “thank you” after receiving a gift from a loved one. Eat a second–or third–piece of pie. Blast ‘Sleigh Ride’ by Ella Fitzgerald as loud as you can–and dance like a loon. Frolic in the snow (or if you’re in CA, jump in the rain puddles). Sit by the fire for warmth. Play board games with your family. Go for a long car ride with hot cocoa and blankets and look at lights. Admire your Christmas presents the night before you open them. And most importantly, savor each moment of this magical, wonderful season. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!