- Decorations. I love making the house look festive with lights, candles and decorations. I especially love the Swedish decorations.
- The meals. I love planning the meals because coming together with family and friends over food and wine holds so much fun and meaning to me. My father's family is Swedish, so we normally do a smorgasbord on Christmas.
- Giving. It feels so good!
- The idea of birth and renewal. Whether you celebrate the season as Christ's birthday or the older pagan traditions of the winter solstice and the beginning of days growing longer - a new year, both have the hopeful sense of new beginnings and the birth of hope. (For me this is especially needed as I have been surrounded by a lot of sickness and death this year.)
- Silly Christmas traditions like reindeer antlers on our dogs.
- My stocking - the same one I've had since I was a little girl, with a "J" stitched into the trim. It's very worn out and grungy looking, but I can't get rid of it!
- Seeing a child's eyes light up at the sight of presents. Can there be anything better?
- Snow & beach. I love snow at Christmas, but unfortunately don't have any. My dad and I would often go to the beach on Christmas Eve or Day...and I think I will do that again this year.
- Memories. Especially this year, remembering all those wonderful memories that my sweet mother created out of our holidays. I miss you mom!
Now, I get to tag others, of course. No obligations, as the season is a busy one, but it seems like a celebratory meme to participate in, doesn't it?