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Why I Relish Christmas

Updated on November 23, 2014

Homemade Christmas Decoration

My sons and I made special decorations together for many years, including this walnut shell Santa mouse.
My sons and I made special decorations together for many years, including this walnut shell Santa mouse. | Source

A Friend Asked Me "Why?"

I adore Christmas. I play Christmas carols on the piano in August, own way too many Christmas seasonal decorations, and excel in the art of Christmas cookie baking. If that does not convince you, consider that my first body art (tattoo) features a flying reindeer with Christmas greenery at his neck. A friend who does not share this love of the December 25th holiday asked me why I love it so much. There are bountiful reasons.

Yum!

The Christmas cookies decorated by kids usually taste the best of all!
The Christmas cookies decorated by kids usually taste the best of all! | Source

First, I believe that the message of the Christmas story brings good news for the world. I will not go into further detail, because I respect everyone’s right to believe, not believe, or interpret spiritual teachings in the unique way that each soul does. However, wherever one stands on the buying in spectrum, I think that the Christmas story includes good RESULTS for all.

Also, I have happy feelings associated with Christmas from growing-up. The decorating struck me as remarkable and beautiful. The foods (especially the cookies), and music made me enjoy the holiday time and led me to conclude that Christmas is special and pleasurable. In my family, the ritual of decorating a Christmas tree a few weeks before the twenty-fifth and then having it in a place of honor to admire and wonder at, fueled my delight. We further had a ritual of family togetherness in making ornaments and doing family home Advent services. Of course, what child could complain about the joys of gift giving and receiving? With all that occurring from my birth, I am not entirely surprised that my mother recounts that as a wee child I could not sleep for the last few nights before Christmas. The excitement and enthusiasm imbues my very being.

Surprises

An exciting Christmas present awaits.
An exciting Christmas present awaits. | Source

Christmas is for All Ages

Now, I have a self-perpetuating personal “legend” that Christmastime is good. My life script includes always enjoying Christmas. The loss of family members joining me does not subtract from my pleasure in the holiday, as it does for some people. It is the way I am programmed.

As an older adult, I discover an ever increasing appreciation of the Christmas holiday season to show the people I love how much I appreciate their presence in my world. All year, I observe them and pay attention to what is important to them. This guides me in choosing gifts based on love and observation. They and I delight in surprises which tickle their heart!

Christmas Stockings in a Row

Everyone in the family (humans and pets) gets a stocking!
Everyone in the family (humans and pets) gets a stocking! | Source

Another great aspect of the Christmas season for me is the collection of holiday movies and literature. My top movie of all time for all-around greatness is the classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Others, such as Holiday Inn, White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the original animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas have sacred spots in my personal entertainment library. Of course, Dicken’s A Christmas Carol resonates strongly with me. So many of the Christmas stories I like feature hope and happy endings of personal redemption. I am a happy ending sort of person. These works further support my love of Christmas.

Where I live, December is cold and full of long dark hours. Anything we can do to shake off the dreariness works for me. There may or may not be snow for snowman making and sledding. I may or may not have access to a glowing fire in a fireplace. But, I will always have Christmas to cheer me during these depressing weather times. As sung at Passover: Dayenu, it would have been enough for us. For the distraction from darkness and cold alone, I would love Christmas!

Advent Wreath

A Christmas Advent wreath with lit candles for Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Advent wreath with lit candles for Christmas Eve. | Source

Thus, I always was and, I suspect, always will be a Christmas lover. The appealing music and colors succeed in lifting my spirit. The foods may fatten my waistline a bit, but they amplify my happiness exponentially. Choosing and giving good gifts is a good occupation of the season. It makes me feel powerful like a glorious fairy godmother or brilliant Christmas elf! Ultimately, I was made for Christmastime. If I can share any of my unchecked glee with you, please embrace the warmth and light from my candle of Christmas joy.

Merry Christmas.

A Cat-Proof Manger Scene

The crazy cat lady protects her creche from the cats by keeping it in a plastic storage container!!!!
The crazy cat lady protects her creche from the cats by keeping it in a plastic storage container!!!! | Source

Photos and text copyright 2014 Maren E. Morgan.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you SO much, Alicia C. It took my friend's question for me to sit down and analyze all the reasons I have for loving the holiday. It was a good exercise for me. Glad to hear that you and I are soulmates on this holiday, too!

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a lovely hub, Maren Morgan! I love your enthusiasm for Christmas, which I share. I also love your attitude towards the wide variety of beliefs that people have with respect to Christmas. I don't think that it's necessary to believe the Christmas story literally in order to appreciate the birth of love and to inspire us to act kindly towards others. Thank you for creating such a happy and attractive hub.

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