I usually get strange looks from people who find out my favorite holiday is Christmas. They wonder why Thanksgiving or Halloween isn’t at the top of my list and ask for an explanation. I usually tell them how I enjoy celebrating all the other holidays, but that I’m a little more emotionally and physically involved with the holidays during Christmas time. Somehow there is something about this holiday season which puts a smile on my face more than any other time of year.
It isn’t the cold weather or the presents that get swapped during this time. Fruitcake isn’t my favorite food, and I was always concerned with how some older, overweight man dressed in an insulated tracksuit and matching hat, was allowed to break into people’s homes while they were sleeping and eat their food in exchange for a few gifts.
For me, Christmas is about all the strange traditions that you gather together to do with friends and family. You’re not exactly sure why there is a dying or plastic tree decorated with lights in your living room, but the way the lights shine over children excited to wake up before the sunrise on Christmas day makes everyone who’s watching smile.
I always felt that everyone around this time of year became a little nicer as the warmth of all the beautiful holiday decorations softened their hearts and reminded them of times spent with friends and family. I love how people in stores and offices wish each other a “happy holidays” with a smile, and I love how a lot of people are encouraged and reminded to give more to others and spend time with friends and family.
I could never receive another present from anyone again and still love Christmas as much as I do now because of what it has always represented. It’s a time for reflection and reconnection; it’s a special time and a reminder for implementing compassion and love into your life, and it’s a time to celebrate life with the ones who matter the most.
Have a merry Christmas, and happy holidays.