There are a lot of reasons to love Christmas. First, there’s the obvious religious meaningfulness. But even if you aren’t Christian or don’t subscribe to the religious elements of the holiday, there’s plenty to love.
- Homes and trees and porch railings all a-twinkle with lights.
- The many ways in which red and green and white can be patterned into crisp, pretty paper.
- Ridiculous lawn ornaments.
- Hot chocolate at Caribou Coffee and hot cider at Starbucks.
- Hilarious photos of kids sitting on Santa’s lap.
- Boxes stacked under the tree.
- Oh! The tree!
- That pungent scent of sap that clings to the branches.
- Trudging through the snow to chop down a tree.
- Egg nog.
- Reindeer – which have to get neck aches all the time, right? Those antlers look heavy.
- Ellen’s Christmas giveaway series.
- Church Christmas pageants.
- Christmas cookies.
- The O Magazine Christmas issue.
- Everyone saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” to you, whether you’ve just held the door for them or you just bought a carton of milk and two yellow peppers and a sixer of Christmas Ale.
- Presents – whether they’re for you or someone else.
- Christmas Ale!
- And all the winter themed micro brews.
- Holiday themed sitcoms.
- Christmas ornaments.
- Holiday brownies.
- Carols played over and over ad nauseum on the radio.
- The Lexus “December to Remember” commercials that seem to play during every single commercial break.
- Twenty-four hours of Christmas movies. (Question: Why is The Wizard of Oz a Christmas movie?)
- Cards arriving like little beams of holiday cheer in the mail.
- Sitting on the floor of the living room, the “Sounds of the Season” channel playing in the background, while writing out 65 holiday cards of your own.
- Salvation Army Samaritans jingling their bells outside the grocery.
- Watching your loved ones tear into lovingly-wrapped gifts with a gleam in their eyes.
- Picturing your parents – sharing a romantic Christmas together for the first time in decades – and your brother and his wife – sharing their first Christmas together in their two-year marriage – and getting just a tiny bit weepy in your happiness for them.
- Being welcomed into your in-laws’ home and embraced by their traditions.
- Snuggling up to your husband, sipping a glass of Christmas Champagne, as the fire crackles and good smells waft in from the kitchen.
Is there any end to the joy of the holidays? I could list a thousand more things.
It’s a holiday that revels in consumerism, just a bit… But it’s also a holiday about giving. Generosity. Setting aside your own needs and your own desires to direct your thoughts and energy toward someone else. I love every minute of it.
Happy holidays, Internet. May your Christmas be merry and bright.