Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of the year. I'm that person that when the clock turns midnight on Thanksgiving night I go right into Christmas mode. I have every reason to be uncontrollably happy because it's Christmas, it’s the happiest time of the year. What is better than watching 25 Days of Christmas, sitting by the fire, decorating the Christmas tree and ice-skating? The answer is: nothing. There are so many reasons why I love Christmas as much as I do and it’s not because I get showered with gifts by my family.

Even though it’s incredibly cold in New York at this time of year, I still feel warm and happy because of the atmosphere Christmas brings. Going into New York City and seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center, skating in Central Park or walking past the department store to see the window display just makes me incredibly happy. When it starts to snow and the sky is full of small little flakes it makes everything just feel more magical and joyous. Christmas is such a happy holiday and it makes so many people happy that it just makes me happy.

I also love Christmas because my sister and I both come home from college and for two days she has no choice but spend time with me. I rarely get to spend time with her so any moment I do get with her makes me happy. I also get to see the rest of my family. My cousins, my sisters and I never fail to have a good time together. What is better than spending time with the people you love most? Getting to spend an absurd amount of time with my cousins playing Just Dance beats any other day of the year.

Finally, I love Christmas because it gives my mom and I a great excuse to bake an unhealthy amount of cookies and watch a concerning amount of Christmas movies. One of my favorite traditions with my mom is taking a whole day and baking cookies for the holiday. The smell of cookies filling the house and Christmas music playing in the background never fails to make me smile. Every year we do the same thing and my dad does his usual of staying away from the kitchen so we don't ask him for his help. I couldn't imagine celebrating Christmas without this tradition.

I don't know how, but there are people that just don't feel the same about Christmas as I do. Yes I believe they are crazy. I am Buddy the Elf of Christmas. There is the best excuse to be extremely happy! No worries, some responsibilities and being surrounded by joy and love. How could people not love this holiday?

Madeline Ulrich, Blogger