Christmas is being able to enjoy a nice, quiet day at home with your family. Despite woes and worries, troubles and problems, bleak outlooks, and uncertain futures, all are forgotten for the expanse of a day.
Christmas is wearing ridiculous festive socks with trees, snowflakes, and/or penguins and not feeling like a dork.
Christmas is the smell of a turkey dinner roasting in the oven all afternoon.
Christmas is cramming as many marshmallows into a mug of hot chocolate as humanly possible, before scalding your tongue after taking a sip before giving it time to cool.
Christmas is waiting with barely-contained excitement as you watch others open the gifts you know they will love. Forget getting presents -- I long ago learned that the best gift truly is giving
Christmas is watching my brother's face light up as he
shreds into the wrapping hiding his copy of The Dark Knight
and knowing exactly what movie we'll be watching tonight after dinner. ;-P
Christmas is bringing out the best dishes and setting the table with all the fancy linens (Martha Stewart red plaid tablecloth with matching napkins).
Christmas is being given the Heavenly gift of love and friendship, of closeness and memories, and warmth in spite of cold weather.
And the one thing that makes all of the above just a little bit better, is appropriate holiday weather! In my case, that's rain. We don't get snow where I live. ;-) A wet Christmas is a white Christmas in my book! ;-D