1. (Practically) guilt-free shopping.
If you're shopping for others and are in the act of giving--and just happen to throw in a little something-something for yourself--then there's no guilt. :D
2. The lights and decorations.
Maybe it's because everything looks magical for one month of the year.
If it were year-round it would lose its effect. I love sitting in my house with all the light off, except for the tree and mantle. It's so peaceful and pretty.
3. The feelings the holiday evokes...
...leading up to the main event. Anticipation, good-will, and visions of sugar-plums dancing in our heads.
4. Creating an imaginary world for my son...
... of Santa and the North Pole, and, no matter your beliefs, a message of spirituality in there.
5. The festivities.
Parties, dinners, get-togethers. Wearing all things shiny and sparkly. :-)
Whew! What a whirl-wind start to all of the holiday madness!
Hope everyone is doing well?
(photo credit: owba.net, blogs.eastwick.com, about.com, Baltimore Sun, fanpop.com, idressonline.com)