Christmas time is here. Almost.

With all the lights and decorations and the slightly chilly weather, I’m thoroughly in the Christmas mood.

And I’m loving it.

Things I love about Christmas I’ve probably mentioned before: 

•Christmas cookies. You know the ones they sell at the grocery store that are already sliced and they have pictures of reindeer or Santa or Christmas trees on them? Yes. Those cookies. With icing on them or in between them to make a Christmas cookie sandwich.

•Christmas lights and decorations. I feel like I don’t have to explain this one, but I will because it’s glorious to behold. When I’m driving down any road and see businesses or houses or malls overflowing with lights and Christmas trees or even inflatable dinosaurs wearing a Santa hat, I just get so excited. It’s the time of giving and all these people are literally giving me joy just by participating, joy that I hope other people get when they see my Christmas tree through the window.

•Giving presents. I love shopping for other people and I love watching them open the presents — which I try to do on the sly because having people stare at you while you open presents is actually incredibly uncomfortable.

•Food. It wouldn’t be Christmas without all of the wonderful food. And, I know I already mentioned cookies, but it’s more than cookies. It’s cut out cookies decorated with red and green frosting. It’s Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets, baked ham and cheese sandwiches, jalepeno roll-ups, mini cupcakes, barbecue and queso — all on Christmas Eve. It’s eggnog and bourbon balls, and breakfast casseroles that are too much of a pain to make more than one time a year. It’s delicious.

•Christmas movies. I will freely admit I am one of those people who watches the Hallmark Christmas movies all Christmas long. They are sappy and often pretty dumb, but they always make you feel good and they are always Christmasy. But it’s not just the Hallmark movies, it’s the traditional ones, too — “White Christmas,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Christmas With the Kranks,” “The Santa Clause,” “The Polar Express” and so many more. I like them in the middle of the day, in the middle of the night and always with a cup of apple cider and a fire burning in the fireplace.

Although the list could go on and on, I would feel a little weird throwing my family onto the actual list. One of the things I enjoy most about Christmas is being able to see everyone all together. 

There will always be the last minute trip to North Park to find that one thing you can’t get in Rockwall or the one thing you forgot on your last trip to the mall. And there will be my cousins helping sort the presents into piles for people to open, and finding a red wine to drink while we open presents even though it is the actual most unorganized time to be drinking wine on white sofas. And my parents’ corgi hiding under their bed until paper stops being tossed into every traversable path through the living the room.

I just can’t wait for the holidays.


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