I go gaga over the holidays.
I decorate, I bake, I shop, I wrap...Christmas is - to me, at least - the most wonderful time of the year...
I thought that I'd put together a little list of the things I most enjoy about the Christmas season for you!
1. The Family Gatherings!
While I live very close to most of my family, there are certain family members that I only see on holidays - like my cousin and his children who live in Oklahoma, or my grandparents that live on the Gulf Coast. Christmas is the one time of year when I am guaranteed to have ALL of my family together, under one roof...and I look forward to it all year long!
2. The Baking!
I have always loved baking...cookies, cakes, breads, pies...I love baking for our family dinners together, baking to give sweets as gifts, and sending my baked goods to loved ones and friends!
3. The Decorating!
It has been said that my house looks like Christmas threw up all over it...and I love it that way! We decorate the tree in old family ornaments - as well as new ones each year. I make garlands to put all over the house, I set out Christmas candles and snowmen figures...
4. The Christmas Parties!
Not only do I love getting together with my friends during the holidays for white elephant parties, potlucks and cocktails, but it's the only time of year that I can get my husband into a tie!
5. Christmas Carnivals!
In Miami, we only have two carnivals a year...one is in March and is the Miami Dade-County Youth Fair, and the other runs November through January, and is called Santa's Enchanted Forest. It is incredible - rides, shows, food, vendors and the most Christmas lights you'll ever see in your life!
6. The Holiday Spirit!
I don't know what it is about twinkling colorful lights, but they set the stage for something magical in December - the holiday spirit.
The holidays are one time of the year when everyone is a little sweeter, a little kinder, a little nicer...almost enough so to get us through to the next year!