I love Christmas. If you know me at all, you know how much I love Christmas. But what you may not know is WHY I love this holiday so much. I decided to make a list which was much harder than it sounds. It’s more than seeing the big red suited dude, buying presents and, stressing over getting the Christmas cards out in time. It is a very personal time that I look forward to every year. Here is why.
Christmas means time with family both family-family and friends that have turned into family over the years. It also means my immediate family will be together. My daughter will be home from college for a few days and my other children will be out of school for two weeks. There are also yearly events that I partake in with my framily. Providing a Christmas for foster kids with Children’s Home Society, baking cookies, and an annual Christmas Eve soup competition are a few of the traditional events I look forward to this time of year.
You may not know this, but I am a fabulous cook. No really. I am good. Christmas is a great time for me to get in the kitchen and put together another traditional meal for those I love. In addition, there are items that I only make this time of year —Reindeer Chow anyone? I must hide some to make sure I have them for Christmas otherwise my family would eat everything before the 25th.
I love to decorate for the holidays. If you follow me on social media, you will know I have a love of inflatable decor, Penguins in particular. I’m calling it #Penguinfest2016 this year if you want to join in. They make me smile when I drive up to the house. And then there’s the dark side of my décor —the saga of the Webb Christmas tree battle of the past three years. This battle is not nearly an entertaining to me and my family as it is to my social media followers but at the end of the day NOTHING breaks my Christmas spirit.
Last but not least, Christmas starts off the time of the year where I personally take an inventory of life. I remember who is here and who is missing. I see how much my children have grown and matured over the years and feel tremendous pride. I reflect on another Christmas with my husband of over 20 years and laugh at how far we have come since those first few years. In short, I count the things in my life I value the most and this brings me Joy.
Christmas is priceless time for me, for you it may be Chanukah, Kwanzaa or maybe Festivus but whatever it is I hope it brings you joy, and remember Work Happy!