It has been creeping up on us for months now; toy shelves fully stocked, fake pine trees lining store aisles and strings of lights in boxes stacked to shop ceilings. Now it's finally my favorite time of year Christmas.
I understand this is a season which tends to be a source of stress for some, and seeing stores decked with holly before Thanksgiving even arrives annoys them to no end. But not me, I love every second of it and I intend on enjoying every second that I possibly can.
My Christmas tree (or trees, I'm not going to confirm or deny the fact that I may have more than one) goes up with decorations, lights and all on Nov. 1. I begin to slowly adorn my walls with paper snow flakes and cutouts of jolly old St. Nick.
But, it's not all the hustle and bustle provided by the Christmas season that I love, it's actually the opposite. So much emphasis is placed on having the biggest tree or brightest lights even the most expensive presents. I thought of this while finishing up some of my Christmas shopping this year.
When I think of past Christmases and how as children we would dream about the great presents we'd open from Santa on Christmas morning, I don't remember most of the toys and gadgets I had received.
What I remember are those quiet nights with my family, colorful lights twinkling in the corner as we watch movies such as "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation," "A Christmas Story."
Not much has changed for me now that I'm (sort of) an adult. Despite what's going on in the rest of the world, in the Christmas season I just can't be unhappy. I will still come home after work and curl up on the couch, Christmas lights twinkling as I watch some ridiculous holiday special.
Then, of course, as I talk to my family during the Christmas season, they admit they have been watching an ABC Family Christmas movie without me and it made them think of me.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with my family this week and I couldn't be happier. My dad and I have even had our Christmas Eve planned. We're going to, you guessed it, watch some ridiculous and cheesy Christmas movie.
So, as you get wherever it may be you plan to spend the holidays, remember what Christmas is all about family, friends or loved ones and quiet nights together making memories.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone, and a blessed New Year!