Things To Love About Christmas

I know I am not alone in loving this time of year!  Christmas time is just full of fun, cozy events with family and friends, and I love it.  I am trying to make a big deal of all of the Christmas festivities this year, so the kids can learn to enjoy Christmas for other things beside just the presents.  I want them to enjoy all aspects of this season, not just getting things.  If you want to instill some gratitude in your kids for non-present yuletide blessings, here is a list of Christmas things to be grateful for.

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Christmas Music.  I know there is many a Christmas music grinch out there, but all I can say is - it's one month of the year. Humor those of us who love it!  I have so many favorite Christmas albums, and a lot of them are from my childhood.  My family had a tradition of going on a  shopping day every year, and we would always get a new Christmas CD, so we developed quite a collection.  One of my old favorites is Alabama's first Christmas album, and one of my new favorites is Sidewalk Prophet's Christmas album.

Christmas Food.  We have a lot of goodies that we just make at Christmas time, and I look forward to them all year long.  My favorite has always been snowdrop cookies, but ironically, I always mess them up when I make them.  Derek has become our official snowdrop cookie maker.

Snow.  At no other time of the year is snow welcomed by the majority.  I happen to be one of those people that thinks if it's winter time, it should be snowing, but snow at Christmas is extra special.

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Christmas Movies.  We have a lot of favorites that we bring out each year, and I also love those cheesy Christmas movies that the Hallmark channel puts out every year.  I hope they never stop!

Christmas Parades.  Derek and I started going to the Christmas parade in a town near us several years ago, and I think it is safe to say it is a tradition now.  It's just a small, old-fashioned parade, with local groups walking and driving down the street.  They always have people on these big bikes, a fire engine, Clydesdale horses, and Santa in a red convertible.  It's just fun.

Christmas Jammies.  This is a new tradition to me, because we never did Christmas pajamas growing up - but I couldn't resist buying the kids three sets of matching Christmas jammies this year.  I can't wait to see them on Christmas morning wearing their new pajamas!

Chrismtas Cards.  Can I get a cheer for snail mail?  It's a dying art form that lots of people revive at Christmas time.  Nothing cheers me up like a big old stack of Christmas cards.

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Christmas Lights.  Why don't we put up twinkly lights all year 'round anyway?  They are so pretty.

Christmas Gatherings.  It can make the season a little crazy, but I love all the Christmas gatherings with family and friends!  I am a pretty social person, so parties just add so much to the fun for me.

Christmas Books.  Once again, we had a lot of Christmas books growing up that we would just bring out in December.  I have a collection started for my kids, and I was thrilled to be able to add "God Bless Our Christmas" to it this year!  Tommy Nelson gave us this sweet book.  It is written in a poem format, and cute little winter woodland characters participate in lots of Christmas activities - but the greatest gift of all is Jesus, and the book conveys that wonderfully.  The illustrations are adorable, and the kids love it!  It reminds me of a book we had growing up that I loved, and I think this will be one of our favorites for Christmas time.  I also thought it was appropriate to mention it in this post, because the first part of the book lists a bunch of fun, Christmas-y things too!

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The Excitement Of The Kids.  Amidst all the craziness that this season brings, sometimes we adults need a reminder of things to love about Christmas too, don't we?  And one of my favorite things about Christmas as an adult is watching how excited my kids get about everything this season brings - presents included.

The Focus On Jesus's Birth.  Even though some secular institutions may try to ignore it, it can't be avoided that in the end, Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of our Savior.  It's not just about love and family - it is about God's love in giving us His Son, so that we can be a part of His family!  That is ultimately what makes Christmas so special to me.  None of the other activities would be as wonderful to me without that true meaning of Christmas behind them (which is another reason I love Christmas books like the one above that point out the true meaning of Christmas!).

What did I miss guys?  What are some reasons that you love Christmas time?

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Note: I received a copy of "God Bless Our Christmas" from Tommy Nelson for free in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Leslie said...

Just posted a long comment that was then deleted. Oh well! Mason received that book for his birthday and we have lots of other traditions too! :-)

Rebecca Lobb said...

I am so jealous you have snow at this time of year! I long for a true white christmas!

Natalie@She Builds Her Home said...

Yay! I love all of these things too and the whole Christmas season as well. We usually have snow by now, and it did snow but melted (which is really rare here) and it has been like 50* this week. Definitely not complaining about the warmth, but if it keeps raining instead of snowing, it will be weird to not have a white Christmas!!!

Melanie said...

I couldn't agree more with your list!! I'm going to have to look up that Christmas CD you mentioned..Sidewalk Prophet!

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