So in an effort to combat yesterdays post and not come off as some grinchy, unappreciative bump on the Yule log, I have a list of my top ten favourite things about Christmas. They aren’t in any particular order, but here they are and a mini explanation of why I adore them…

P.S. Thanks to one of my Twitter friends Angel who notified me of the horrible formatting.  I hope this fixes it
1. Festive Entertainment—Rudolph, Frosty (not counting those new, weird versions), Home Alone, Christmas Vacation….and despite it not being popular to say so, Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics and Christmas in Canada (both from South Park). I also love the original, uncut 1987 version of the Muppet Family Christmas, which is unavailable in North America due to copy rights on some of the songs they use…this irritates me to no end as I love the muppets and Christmas and their combination is FANTASTIC…esp in this special or the John Denver and the Muppets Christmas CD—don’t knock it, it is AMAZING. Oh and yeah…the xmas tunes are also where it’s add—a bit of contemporary stuff from my childhood (ie very special Christmas stuff), some Rat Pack and some old school traditional and off beat songs—love them—heck I might even do my own top ten list of favourite Christmas songs….but I digress—oh and one more thing—I am not a bandwagon muppets fan—I have been in love with them since I was little.

2. My Christmas Tree—I mean, I love all Christmas trees, but my Christmas tree is extra lovely because its filled with tradition and love—most of the ornaments have some sort of connection, be it ornaments my former swim students gave me to ones that have come from friends over seas (my Christ-koala, Christ-a-roo and Christ-ma-pus), or ones picked up on travels (my Christ-moose from Germany or Christmas pineapple from Hawaii). Some are even made by my friends. They all have a happy, proud spot on my tree and I think its better than anything Martha Stewart could ever design.

3. Wearing anything that sparkles—why? It’s fun—‘nuff said. Make up, sequin dresses, skirts, tops…granted, I’d never where it all at once, of course, but tis still fun to be so umm…reflective at this time of the year! *rimshot*

4. Rotating Christmas Eve dinner with my Dad’s side of the family. I have always loved this tradition. I loved getting to see my aunties and uncles and cousins and eating and laughing and just generally enjoying each other’s company…esp since, now that we are all older, we don’t see each other as much as we used to. This tradition is well over 30 years old and that is the main reason why I feel the pressure of cooking this meal and making sure it turns out just right.

5. My Christmas from Australia phone call—two sides of the world, two different days, two different climates…my friend calls me on her Christmas morning from a beach…while I am usually elbow deep in some sort of cooking adventure, worrying about driving in the midst of a Christmas Eve snowstorm—and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Its one of my newer traditions and I love it.

6. Another newish tradition that I love and will, sadly, be missing this year, is dinner at my twin friends’ parents place. The invited me three years ago and I have gone every year since…well…until this year. Sadly its conflicting with my hosting duties, but honestly, it is a highlight of my Christmas and its really touching to be considered part of someone else’s family.

7. Christmas morning phone call to my grandma—this is something I used to do as a kid—to get an idea of what sort of haul is waiting for me at grandma’s. Now its just a touch base—how is the food going, update her on my Christmas eve festivities with my dad’s side of the family…and the countdown until I arrive at her place for my standard plate of stuffing and buckwheat cabbage rolls—which she makes just for me. 

8. Baking—um…I like it…in case you couldn’t tell from this blog…lol.

9. Festive drinks—be it booze or the Starbucks Holiday drinks—its one of the few times of the year I seem to be ok with drinking my calories.

10. Shopping!! YAY! I love it. I love the hustle and bustle. The thrill of the hunt for a great gift, finding it and then celebrating with an egg nog latte or a glass of wine. 😉 I also find that going shopping is also a great way to include some friend time into your busy schedule. Even the craziest Christmas crowds seem far more tolerable when you have a good friend to laugh with throughout your mall time.

Now for your turn–what are some of your favourite things about Christmas? Love Leesah