Tis the Season

I’ve mentioned it before, and I will probably mention it a million times over the next month (you’ve been forewarned): I really love Christmas. So, in honor of the season, here’s a quick list of the top 10 things I love most about the season:

  1. Holiday music. I am one of those people. I listen to it in November. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  2. Christmas movies (my essentials: Love Actually and While You Were Sleeping).
  3. Waking up in the morning to freshly fallen snow. Before everyone starts trampling through it, the world looks magical.
  4. Christmas cookies. We have so many classic family recipes – my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, my other grandma’s animal sugar cookies, melting moments, pizzelles.
  5. Decorating the Christmas tree (and, on a related note, buying way too many ornaments for said tree).
  6. Christmas lights. See item 3; much like snow, they make everything magical.
  7. Advent calendars. My family has an ancient one that I love. One year, I noticed that my mom had quit hanging it up (she thought it looked tacky), so I took it with me when I moved. It’s fantastic. And by fantastic, I mean, kinda-janky-but-I-love-it-anyway.
  8. Seeing family. My family is awesome.
  9. Sending + receiving Christmas cards. It’s quickly becoming a lost art, but I’m doing my best to keep it alive.
  10. The feeling of the season. It sounds SO cheesy, but I think the world really feels different around Christmastime. More happy, more hopeful, more merry + bright.
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