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December 10th, 2009

The greatest time of year, yup, I’m talking about Christmastime, of course.

Christmastime is, in my opinion, the best time of the year by far. Nothing can really compare to it. There are no other holidays that come close to measuring up to Christmas. The colors, the decorations, the lights, the spirit, the snow, the traditions, the food, the music and the company. I love it all. I look forward to it all.

One of my favorite things to do is put up the Christmas tree, which will be my responsibility the first day of break. Nothing seems to cheer up a room like the twinkling lights and homemade ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Decorating the tree is a true sign that Christmas is on its way. I couldn’t wait until I got home to have a tree, so in my dorm room is a mini tree. It is one that lights up and reminds me that, as we head into the stress of exams, Christmas is right around the corner.

I also love wrapping presents, baking cookies, and watching Christmas movies with my family and friends. There are too many things to count.

One of the best parts of Christmas is that everything is cheerful during this time. Despite the chaos and anxiety of shopping for presents and trying to prepare for entertaining family, it’s hard to be a Scrooge with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” playing in the background.

Besides this undeniable fact, all of the stress is worth it in the end. It’s all worthwhile when you celebrate with friends and family you do not see often and with those you may see every day.

I enjoy Christmas Eve most of all. This is when most of my family gathers to exchanges gifts. It’s always chaos and there is sure to be some kind of hilarious incident (there are usually thirty-some of us altogether).

However, when it comes to Christmastime, I do have one pet peeve. This irritation is when the Christmas decorations come out before Halloween. This year, as I was still searching for a Halloween costume, I saw Christmas cards and ornaments already out in stores. This was a good two months before the holiday. I mean, I felt bad for Thanksgiving, where were its decorations? It was like we were skipping over the holiday.

Of course Thanksgiving day did come. In fact, beginning Thanksgiving Day there was Christmas music playing all day, every day on some radio stations and some Christmas movies were playing on television even before this.

This, to me, is a little too much Christmas.

Don’t get me wrong – like I said, I love Christmas. I enjoy anticipating this time of year, but when it begins before December gets here, I get tired of Christmas before it even comes.

And this should not happen to a person’s favorite holiday, it should be a criminal offense.

However, now that it’s December you can bet that I have a countdown going and I can’t wait to go back home to put up my family’s Christmas tree.