Posted by Donna MacMeans Dec 23 2016, 12:59 am
I love Christmas. It’s truly my favorite holiday of the year.
Here’s my top five reasons for why Christmas rules.
FAMILY – (Prepare for some bragging). You might recall my very first grandson was born in September. Scientists say that a baby can recognize facial patterns about three months and smile and chortle at its parents so as to increase bonding with the people responsible for the child’s safety. It works on grandparents, too. 🙂 Love his toothless smiles. (That’s my son and his girlfriend, BTW)
I’m the middle child in a large family. My favorite memories were of the whole family gathered around the big table with a smaller table set in an adjacent room for my cousins and siblings. Now my family is spread across the country with families of their own. I’m looking forward to mine expanding 🙂
CHRISTMAS CARDS – I love them. I love the colors and the glittery sparkles. But I’m afraid I am a dying breed. I tape all the cards to the kitchen door. My Christmas guests enjoy them. At the start of the New Year, I take them down, but I can’t just throw them out. I have a drawer full of cards from past Christmases. LOL. I think when my time comes my children will discover that in some aspects, I’m a hoarder 🙂
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS ( and general joyous attitude) – When I was in France, the tour guide told us to always greet everyone with a cheerful “Bonjour.” The greeting is a way to immediately establish that you’re one of the good guys. This was confirmed by the guy working the register at the France store in Disneyworld :-). Anyway, at Christmas time, I love how you can say “Merry Christmas!” at the conclusion of a transaction with a sales clerk, postal clerk, delivery guy – and their faces break into smiles. Have you tried this? Love reminding a stranger of the magic of the season.
FOOD and INTERNATIONAL – It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, they celebrate a holiday this time of year. Generally with a food unique to the holiday. In my house, we have a big stuffed turkey that has been cooking all day, filling the house with that fabulous smell. It’s accompanied by a lot of favorite side dishes that appear only at this time of year. One year, my daughter and I tried to cut back on the side dishes, and someone was always disappointed. Now we make everything and feast on it for days after the holiday.
MOVIES, LIGHTS, ORNAMENTS and SONGS – Okay, I admit this is a catch up category. So many things to love about Christmas, it’s hard to restrict everything to five categories. But I didn’t want to make the blog too long.
So many favorite Christmas movies are showing on the cable TV stations. Loving watching Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas…I know several of the movies are campy, but at Christmas, all is forgiven. Thanks to the warmer than usual temperatures in November and the beginning of December, many, many people put up Christmas lights early. I love the magical quality of colorful – or even all white – lights outlining the houses and the landscapes. I’m not fond of the white LED lights that look a bit gray. They remind me of cobwebs – not a Christmas image. LOL. That pic to the right is my neighbor’s house. I’m not going out in my nighgown to take a pic of our house. LOL I’ve received two new peacock ornaments so far from family and friends. I think I should get a separate tree and do it entirely in peacock. 🙂 I hate to put the ornaments away after the New Year, but unfortunately, we need the space for baby stuff. We have a radio station that plays Christmas songs 24/7, do you? There’s so many, I haven’t gotten tired of them yet – and I know the words! I sing along, loudly, with the windows up so no one can hear 🙂 (and I don’t freeze).
How about you? What do you love about Christmas? Let’s try a free download or two of Scotland Christmas Reunion.
Tell me what you think?