Countdown to Christmas – 100 Things I Like About Christmas

During the month of December, up until the big day, I’m going to post about all things Christmas.  Hoping this gets me in the mood, here’s a list of 100 things I like about Christmas (in no particular order):
  1. 24/7 Christmas songs on the radio.
  2. Christmas carols/hymns.
  3. Midnight candlelight service at church. I haven’t been to one in a long time…
  4. Baby Jesus in a manger.
  5. Santa in a sleigh.
  6. Christmas cartoons like Frosty the Snowman.
  7. It’s a Wonderful Life.
  8. A Christmas Story.
  9. The stop-animation Christmas shows like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  10. Life size Nativities and/or Creches.
  11. Picking out a Christmas tree.
  12. Decorating the Christmas tree.
  13. Lighting up the Christmas tree.
  14. Eggnog. Preferably with rum.
  15. Little drummer boys.
  16. Baking cookies.
  17. The Cookie Exchange.
  18. Buying presents.
  19. Wrapping presents.
  20. Unwrapping presents.
  21. The Three Magi.
  22. Hearing the REAL Christmas story.
  23. Lights on Houses.
  24. Putting up the decorations.
  25. Setting up the Nativity sets. (I have four…)
  26. Salvation Army Santas on every corner (yes, I donate every time…)
  27. Tiny lights in the trees outside my building.
  28. The HUGE nutcrackers outside my building.
  29. Small nutcrackers cracking the bowl of nuts after dinner.
  30. The Nutcracker ballet.
  31. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
  32.  Planning on what gifts to make.
  33. Making Christmas gifts.
  34.  Writing and sending Christmas cards.
  35.  Getting Christmas cards.
  36. Company parties.
  37. Remembering my childhood yearly ornaments when I take them out.
  38. Setting out cookies and carrots for Santa and the reindeer.
  39. Seeing Zombiegirl’s face when she sees he ate them.
  40. Watching the kids open presents.
  41. Planning on what gifts to buy.
  42. Getting packages from the UPS everyday and trying to figure out where to hide them.
  43. Anticipating New Year’s Eve.
  44. Spending time with the nieces and nephews.
  45. Buying little things to put in stockings.
  46. Getting little things in my stocking.
  47. Finding the perfect ornament for the kid’s yearly (and growing) collection.
  48. Pfefferneuse.
  49. Anise cookies. Nana Frances’ anise cookies, to be precise.
  50. Dad’s chocolate lace cookies.
  51. Planning the yearly Christmas card.
  52. Looking for all the elves at Mom and Dad’s house.
  53. Christmas caroling.
  54. Listening to Christmas carolers (usually in my building)
  55. Anticipating a white Christmas.
  56. Sledding if it IS a white Christmas
  57. Laying the wreaths at the cemeteries.
  58. Brunch made the night before and popped in the oven while we’re opening presents.
  59. Visiting.
  60. Watching the kid’s old Christmas pageants at church on video.
  61. Candy canes.
  62. Stores decorated gaily.
  63. Waiting online to see Santa.  Yes, we still do that.
  64. Making the frame to hang the Santa picture.  We have pictures going back 22 years that we put out every year.
  65. Bringing cookies and goodies into work for my co-workers.
  66. Eating the cookies and goodies my co-workers have brought in to work.
  67. Red and green Empire State Building.
  68. French Cremes and ribbon candy.
  69. Getting the wrapping paper fundraiser from the school and flipping through the shiny samples.
  70.  My mom’s Three Wise Men collection.
  71. The multitude of church craft sales.
  72. Holly and pine branches.
  73. Crying while singing Silent Night.
  74. Christmas songs that make me laugh like Dominic the Donkey and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
  75. The way MR signs his card to me.  Usually starts with, “To Soop…”
  76. Covert gift buying expeditions.
  77. Glittery angels.
  78. Shiny bells.
  79. Candles in the window.
  80. Reindeer.  All eight of them.
  81. The bright star in the East.
  82. The smells- pine, cinnamon, apples, cookies.
  83. Painting ceramics.  I usually do a ceramic piece every year.  Whenever I paint, I think of Christmas.
  84. Hiding the pickle.
  85. Advent Calendars.
  86. Poinsettia plants.
  87. The touching commercials that make me cry.
  88. Blue and silver Hanukkah decorations (I know, not Christmas, but it’s the season…)
  89. Making gift tags out of last year’s Christmas cards.
  90. Getting family photos or newsletters in Christmas cards.
  91. Playing the goofy games at the Cookie Exchange.
  92. The WELCA dinner.
  93. Wearing Christmas socks.
  94. Bubble lights on the tree.
  95. Taking out the Christmas pins and wearing them on my coat.
  96. The smell of mothballs (the decorations are packed in a trunk.)
  97. Flavored coffee at Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts
  98. Wassail.
  99. Our Capiz-shell star on top of the tree.
  100. Family.

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