‘Tis the Season

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
– Bob Hope

The beginning of December marks my favorite time of year. With three weeks to go until Christmas Eve, I am passing the time by decorating my Christmas tree (as well as the rest of my house), listening to Christmas jingles (as well as singing them – loudly and proudly), and building gingerbread houses and drinking a little too much hot cocoa (in a mug covered in dancing penguins or Santas or anything in the winter/Christmas related categories).

And for me, Christmastime has always been more than just a time for gift giving (and receiving). I mean, even the Grinch came to realize that Christmas means more than the things that “come from a store.” For me, when people ask me why I love this time of year so much, it’s purely because of the way the world around me feels, if that makes any sense at all. What I mean by that is besides the weather, everything and mostly everyone are so much cheerier. Unless you’re one of the few that’s waited until Christmas Eve to do your Christmas shopping – if so, I wish you luck in your endeavors.

People are friendlier, they are more giving, more loving, and maybe that can be attributed to the ridiculous amounts of Christmas music that play everywhere you go or devouring one too many frosted sugar cookies, but nevertheless, people are holly and jolly, and I love it.

With that said, I give you an amazing article/list (in no particular order) detailing the most amazing things about Christmastime. I know, I know, I’m the gift that keeps on giving. Merry Christmas, my little darlings.

  1. Christmas music. I mean, really, when has a genre of music ever been dedicated to another holiday? Thanksgiving music, Labor Day music, Fourth of July music? Yeah, not so much. Plus Christmas music makes even the most mundane activities better. Put Christina Aguilera’s Angels We Have Heard on High on high volume and tell me you don’t have a jolly good time feather dusting the top of your refrigerator. And if Christmas music doesn’t warm your heart even in the slightest bit, then perhaps you have a heart made of coal and a soul made of frost. Some of my personal favorites include: It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas by Bing Crosby, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Michael Bublé (let’s be honest though, the entire Michael Bublé Christmas album is top notch), the classic All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, and essentially every single song on N’Sync’s album Home for Christmas. I know what’s up.
    And so do these guys.

    And so do these guys.

    Oh, and I’ll throw a lesser known song in, too: Raffi’s Old Toy Trains. That song is probably one that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of time. Ever since I was a baby (and yes, I mean before I was even one year old, my dad used to dance around with me to this song – and while I’ve outgrown the need for him to physically carry me, we’ve danced to that song every Christmas since then).

  2. Christmas movies. The classics like Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Love Actually, maybe even Elf (even though I find Will Ferrell to be one of the most annoying actors in the history of forever). But seriously, you watch those movies and just have to feel some sense of nostalgia and an even greater sense of happiness. For me, my tradition is sitting with my sister and watching The Holiday and gushing about how we need a holiday abroad. And let’s not forget about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street. Just like Christmas music, what other genre of movies can cause a worldwide sensation of tender, tingly feelings? For the love of Saint Nick, grab someone – and if not someone, then a very large, plush blanket – and watch these movies immediately. You can warm your heart, mind, body, and soul all without the necessity of a fireplace.
  3. Christmas trees. And picking out your Christmas tree. Let me be clear, Christmas is not a time for those faux Christmas trees. Who wants plastic when your house can smell like an enchanted forest? I realize those last two words conjure up some fairly sexual images, but I’m just going to blow right past it. Seriously, some of my best memories with my family include picking out our Christmas tree. And to this day, I always try to convince my parents to get a tree that is ridiculously tall. A 20-foot one can fit in our living room, can’t it? And then there’s the joyous burden of bringing the tree into the house, getting it to stand straight, and always, always, always make sure that baby is watered. The only upside of a fake tree is the lack of a fire hazard. And along with the Christmas tree comes the ornaments. While my dad strings Christmas lights on our rooftop, my mom and I decorate the tree with hundreds of ornaments (some of which we have had since my sister and I were babies), and my sister sits on our staircase barking orders about where exactly to place said ornaments. She’s the only person I know that’s classy enough to get away with that shit.
  4. ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. Seriously, I think every person in their twenties loves December purely because of this television spectacular. From the Harry Potter movies to those old Claymation ones of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ABC has got Christmas nostalgia on lock. And me saying all I want for Christmas is a time machine to take me back to when I was eight years old.
  5. Mistletoe. Okay, I realize this might not top everyone’s list, but for me, I love the idea behind mistletoe. It’s a little plant with a big obligation. Maybe for you, it’s about plotting how to meet that handsome guy or beautiful girl (I say meet, I mean “accidentally” bump into). And as for me, I’ll take any excuse possible to plant a smooch on my manfriend. Spread the love, people. Unless you’re somehow living the plot of American Pyscho – then I’d avoid “bumping into” an extremely handsome man like the freakin’ plague.

    Mistletoe alert: STRANGER DANGER.

    Mistletoe alert: STRANGER DANGER.

  6. The treats. No, I’m not talking sexual favors (although Christmas is the primetime for doin’ the dirty, so to speak – even more so than the Hallmark-created Valentine’s Day). The treats I’m referring to are much less adrenaline-based, but equally satisfying (the old would you rather give up sex or food question rears its ugly head once again). Christmastime also signals hot chocolate time, sugar cookie time, gingerbread time, pie time, eggnog time, and virtually anything that can be bathed in an almond or chocolate or vanilla coating. Need more suggestions? Look no further. For those of you that are just like me and have a sweet tooth that tends to go into overdrive, Christmas is a time where we can feel most alive. And a time where we need to invest in pants that include an elastic waistband. Joey on Friends
  7. Family and loved ones. Christmas Eve is the biggest holiday in my family by far. It’s bigger than most other family’s celebrations. My family is incredibly close – sometimes too much so. Our Christmases typically result in a smorgasbord of food brought by over 70 people crowded into one house (don’t worry, we rotate houses each year so that we each get an equal share of the hosting craze). And while we don’t always have a lot of privacy, we have a whole lot of love. And in the end, isn’t that what Christmas is about? And what every day should be about?

From my eggnog-filled heart to yours, Merry Christmas.

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  1. Reblogged this on lovelyseasonscomeandgo and commented:
    Now this is what I’m talking about…….love this post! Yeah!

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