This is easily my favorite time of the year. I am like one of those freaky Christmas lovers. It represents everything that I value most: faith, family, generosity, happiness, music, Santa, and sugar. It takes all the restraint I have to wait until after Thanksgiving to truly listen to Christmas music 24/7 (and sometimes it is all I can do to wait until after Halloween). I am one of those few people who gets truly excited when Hobby Lobby sets up for Christmas as they’re taking down the Fourth of July stuff. I LOVE Christmas.
I think what makes me enjoy Christmas so much is that it lets me let my inner child really express herself freely and openly. As it says in Scrooged, “…we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be!” People dress themselves, their pets, and even their cars like fools. We sing; we laugh; we play games; we give. We stop to focus on what is important. We let our guards down and enjoy the people around us more.
If you haven’t noticed, I take my faith very seriously. Yet, it is still easy to get caught up in all the really good, positive parts of the holiday and forget the central purpose/reason behind my celebration.
Merry Christmas! Enjoy all the things I love about Christmas from Bing’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside to peppermint hot chocolate. See how many of them you can enjoy at the same time! In the midst of this, let’s remember why it is we celebrate as we relish in the wonderfulness that is Christmas!
(Did I mention I LOVE Christmas?)