Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Things I Love Most About Christmas

Growing up in Dominica, I never had much of a Christmas. I vaguely remember when I was under the age of 5,  I got a doll one year, and I remember having a tree once. But then again, there is a possibility that this was all made up in my head. As I did have a huge imagination. Haha! I also remember during Christmas time the town area had a lot of cheap China toys. Somehow that sticks out in my memory.

After we moved to St. Thomas and as I got older in my pre-teens/teenage years, my older brother started to put up a Christmas tree. And if there's a tree, there will be gifts. So as a child I looked forward to Christmas, and getting gifts. I also remembered singing (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas),  and acting in plays at church during Christmas time. I never appreciated Santa, neither was I given the opportunity to believe in him, because he never gave me anything. I guess I was too naughty. All this shaped me to be the Christmas fanatic I am today. If I had to choose between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I would choose Christmas every time. Here are the things I love most about Christmas.

The Reason

I absolutely love the reason behind Christmas. It is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. God sent his only son to be the ultimate sacrifice for mankind. Born in Bethlehem, to a virgin Mary, he came to die so that we can live. If you don't believe that Jesus is the son of God, you should. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me(John 14:6)." Jesus is the reason for the season. I enjoy the Christmas plays, the Christmas concerts, and  the Christmas services illustrating the true meaning of Christmas.


The Surrounding

I've lived on an island all my life, so I've never seen snow, but during Christmas time it gets chilly. After being in the constant heat all year round, a little chill is much appreciated. I like the decorations almost everywhere. I like driving around in the night to see the Christmas lights. I like how busy the stores are, and the Christmas music they play all day long. I like how people seem so happy and pleasant. The overall Christmas surroundings is lovely.

The Christmas Tree

Listen, I love putting up the tree, but I hate taking it down. So guess what? My tree stayed up last year. It's something about the Christmas tree that's just so beautiful. Ha-ha! The ornaments, the lights, the garland, the ribbons, the bows, the mat... everything about the Christmas tree is pretty.

The Gifts

I don't buy gifts all year round for my family and friends, so during Christmas time I like to spread a little extra love if my pocket allows it. Also all the gifts that I did not receive throughout the year, I get them on Christmas. Giving and receiving gifts is always a blessing.

The Christmas Treats

Yes, I'm eating healthy, but a little guava berry tart during the holidays, never hurt nobody. Not to mention all the holiday treats in the stores, like the classic Danish Butter Cookies...yummmm! I might not be able to eat it all, but I'll try a tiny piece of everything, if I could.

The Family Gatherings

Very similar to Thanksgiving, the family gets time off from work during the Christmas holidays. There's food, there's fun, and there's fellowship. I love that! I'm a family gal, so anything with the family, I'm all in.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little more. Now it's your turn.

What do you love most about Christmas?

Peace and Love.

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