Are you excited about Christmas? I know I am! It’s my favorite holiday of the year, and I think it always will be. Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is a big deal, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
These are just five of my favorite things about Christmas. Only five? Yes, I love a lot more things than this, but this is supposed to be a short blog post and not a book!
1. Reconnecting with people I’ve not seen for a while
I have a big family, and a large group of friends. But because I’m busy and they’re busy too, it’s often easy to fall out of touch with some of them. Along with Thanksgiving, Christmas is the time we all tend to reconnect and get together – either in person, or by using Skype, and also exchanging Christmas cards. It’s reassuring to know you are part of a big group of people who love and cherish you.
2. Christmas food!
Food is a huge part of the Christmas celebrations. Many of the foods we eat at this time of year are completely off the menu for the rest of the year. With so many wonderful dishes to choose from, it’s easy to end up eating a little too much this time of year but, thankfully, Christmas is a short holiday, it any weight you gain can easily be lost in January.
I will share my Christmas recipe soon, stay tuned.
One of my favorite things about Christmas is hunting for the perfect gifts for my family and friends. I don’t buy lots of presents, but, instead, try and focus on quality and usefulness instead.
For example, an uncle of mine had chronic back pain for many years, and so last year I bought him an acupressure mat (my favorites here). A few weeks later he called me to say his back had never felt so good. This made me feel really happy – and I know he was happy too.
Needless to say, I like getting presents as well – who doesn’t? But, again, they don’t have to be super-expensive or big; a small, well-chosen present is every bit as good as something more extravagant.
A few years ago, a friend bought me an immersion blender (Why I Love My Immersion Blender) and every time I use it I think about that friend. Now THAT was a good present!
Another wonderful but inexpensive present to give and receive are books. Real books rather than e-books are more meaningful, and you can even write a greeting in them to personalize them. I love getting motivational books (my favorites here) as presents, and always read them soon after unwrapping them.
4. Christmas parties
Christmas parties give you an opportunity to spend time with people in a purely social situation. At the office, we often have very little time to talk to colleagues about anything other than work. But, at the office Christmas party, all talk about work is banned, and you can get to know the people you work with.
This is a great time for expanding your social circle, making new friends, and letting people meet and see the real you.
5. Christmas songs
Okay, I know they are cheesy, but I really love Christmas songs! I enjoy traditional carols, but also really like festive pop music too. If you do some digging, you’ll be amazed at how many world-class music stars have brought out Christmas songs, and while some of them aren’t that great, some are brilliant. Use Spotify or iTunes to create your very own Christmas playlist to get you in the mood for the holidays. Or you can listen this one
What are YOUR favorite things about Christmas? Share them in the comments section below!