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That Gingerbread Time of Year

Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

December is always a crazy month.  That Christmas Machine just continues to roll, and "regular life" just kind of  . . . enters a vortex or something.

Sometimes it's best to just sit back and take a breather; to think about those things you truly enjoy about the holiday season.

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  1. I love to decorate my house for the holidays.  This year, I've KonMari'd my holiday stuff, and pared down my decor significantly.  I'm really excited about this.  It was time for a change -- and way past time to simplify.
  2. I love twinkle lights and candles.  It's so dark this time of year!  I like to brighten things up with little lights everywhere.
  3. I love to watch Christmas movies.  My favorites are Love Actually and The Holiday -- and, of course, White Christmas.
  4. I love to get Christmas cards in the mail -- and especially if they include a family photo and a little newsy update.  It seems I get fewer cards every year, but I really treasure the ones I receive -- especially from those friends far away.
  5. I love planning (and cooking) a special meal or two for holiday celebrations.  At Thanksgiving, I make the same meal Every.Single.Year.  (And my family likes it that way.)  At Christmas, though, I like to pull out all the stops and make things that are really special.
  6. I love listening to Christmas music.  It kinda drives Tom nuts, though, so I mostly only listen to Christmas music when he's not around.  (Unless it's the Messiah.  He loves the Messiah.)
  7. I love the smell of pine.  We have a "real" tree, so the fresh smell comes along with the tree -- but I also enhance it a bit . . . with pine-scented candles.
  8. I love the special events that happen only once a year:  Parties and concerts and the Nutcracker ballet.  (I also like getting a bit dressed up now and again -- and holiday parties allow me to wear some sparkle!)
  9. I love seeing all the wrapped packages under the tree.  When I was a little girl, seeing those packages made me giddy -- like . . . hardly able to breathe, I was so excited.  A little of that feeling still spills over.
  10. I love the memories that the holidays bring:  Christmases of my childhood; Christmases Tom and I shared in our early years together; Christmases with my own children.  Wonderful memories are woven through pretty much all the things I like BEST about the holidays.

How about YOU?  What do you truly enjoy about the holiday season?

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karen

Love Actually and the Holiday are two of our favorites! I think the music has a lot to do with that. Love the orange garland - may need to copy that idea. Merry Christmas!

Bonny

What a lovely list! I always associate the holidays with sticking cloves in oranges with my grandmother, so I love your orange decorations. Memories are so important -- not in a melancholic way, but for the joy that remembering brings!

Carole

There are so many wonderful things about this time of year, you put together a great list of your favorites.

AsKatKnits

What a great list! But, I especially love #10 - it is truly the essence of what Christmas is!

Donna

So many Love Actually fans! I love it. Lights and my candles are my favorite.

Denise T.

That smell of pine just can't be beat, can it? And #10 is so true as I get older.

margene

Your natural deceptions are so unique and beautiful. I love the lights and all the gatherings of people who want to celebrate together.

Jo

It's wonderful when you can feel that excitement that has been there since childhood!

Debbie

What a beautiful list! I love it all, especially music. I am a member of the Oratorial Society (a group from the community who rehearse & sing with the university choirs) and we had our concert on Sunday evening and it was glorious! I also sing with our church choir and we are preparing our annual Christmas concert that takes place right before midnight Mass. I love performing in & attending concerts and listening to all kinds of Christmas music-it energizes me and helps me keep calm during this busy season.

Vicki

Wonderful. While I've been known to substitute lasagna for turkey at Thanksgiving (with Mom's blessing/encouragement, but an action that my brother might never forgive), we shined at Christmas -- a platter full of roasted Cornish hens, Beef Wellington, Crown Roast of Pork, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding... Mmmmm. And memories.

kmkat

We have not gotten one Christmas card yet. Very odd.

Leslie

:)

Mary

Christmas cards...yes! and also pared down decorations. I simplified everything when we moved a few years ago and now it really is just what I love. what a wonderful list!

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