My Favorite Things About Christmas

My Favorite Things About Christmas

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.

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It’s the Holiday Season

I have always loved Christmas and the Christmas season. I’ve loved it for its reality and for everything it could be.

In its reality I have loved Christmas for gift-giving. I love picking out the perfect present and seeing someone’s reaction when they open it, especially if I am correct in my estimation. I like presents to be thoughtful, sometimes witty, sometimes beautiful or practical. I have loved Christmas for getting presents from others, knowing that they have thought of me and cared enough to spend their hard-earned money or their time on me. I have loved Christmas for decorations, for music; no matter how repetitive the song selection, it still delights me, and I rarely tire of it. I have loved Christmas for movies of all ages, for all ages, of various levels of seriousness or hilarity. I have loved Christmas for the hushed sanctity of Christmas Eve once the light of day has gone. I have loved Christmas for stacks of presents under the tree early in the morning (though I’ll admit the morning has waxed later of late). I have loved Christmas for family time, for cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents, for delicious food and flowing alcohol and good moods, happy to be together on such an occasion. I have loved Christmas for the Mass I attend in fancy clothes where I heard the ancient story and sang the antique hymns.

In its potential I have loved Christmas for snow and the smell of a winter night, which is somehow crystalline clean and warmly smokey at the same time. In its potential I have loved Christmas for an unlimited budget to buy everyone I love what they will love and what they deserve. In its potential I have loved Christmas for a similar budget to give freely to those in need. In its potential I have loved Christmas for roaring fires on Christmas Eve and parties where everyone behaves beautifully and has a wonderful time. In its potential I have loved Christmas for streets free from the unfortunate, because they are housed and warm with full bellies. In its potential I have loved Christmas with the knowledge that all on earth have a family of sorts, whether by blood or by choice or both, to turn to, to enjoy, with which to celebrate.

I love Christmas for all that I know it to be, despite materialism and consumerism and stress. I love Christmas for all the potential I know it has to be.

But mostly, I love you.

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy holidays.

Grace