Everyone has their traditions surrounding the holidays. As I am Catholic, I only celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and Epiphany around this time of year, and I don’t have much knowledge about any other traditions. And, as you have probably been aware since before Halloween, Christmas is coming up very soon now. I’d like to share some of my favorite Christmas things. Some are family traditions, and some are more general.
I love Christmas music. My favorite songs are the more upbeat ones – think Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Step into Christmas, etc. I also have a soft spot for the slower, more romantic stuff, like James Taylor’s songs. It sounds like the kind you’d play in the kitchen, softly, when the kids are asleep and everything is set up for the morning and you’re slow dancing and talking quietly to your love.
My favorite Christmas movie, and perhaps one of my favorite movies of all time, or my favorite of all time ever, even, is It’s a Wonderful Life. I love Jimmy Stewart, and I can’t express my love for George and Mary’s romance. Personally, I’ve always wanted to pull a Mary Bailey on a house myself. The movie is everything I could wish for – romantic, funny, iconic, and a little spooky, with plenty of feelings evoked.
Of course, I also love Christmas cookies. Every year my family each picks their favorite variety, and we make a batch or two of those. Mine are the M&M cookies that, I’m ashamed to say, use a ton of Crisco, but that’s what makes them so delicious! Besides, we only make them at Christmas, so it isn’t like I have a constant supply.
I enjoy the decrease in temperature. Now, around here that normally doesn’t occur until about Thanksgiving, but it feels so nice to bundle up after a long summer of melting and chafing and sweating. I don’t mind the cold, and I love snow; I do mind rain and wind. They’re the two things that make cold utterly unbearable.
My favorite thing about Christmas, though, is finding and giving presents. I adore finding the perfect present for someone. That doesn’t mean it’s many, or large, or expensive, necessarily. The perfect present lets someone know you listen when they speak, you know who they are, and you’re willing to sacrifice your money and time for them. My favorite gifts to give are either useful and practical, beautiful, or fun – ideally a combination of them all.
What are your favorite things about the holidays? Please feel free to leave a comment down below! I’d love to hear what makes this time of year special for all of you.