So comes that time of year when every other song on the radio is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and the Salvation Army’s red kettle bell ringers appear around the corner. Christmas has always been a special time of the year.
As a kid, Christmas was magical. I loved watching Home Alone and a Charlie Brown Christmas over some hot chocolate, helping my mom decorate the Christmas tree, and celebrating our annual Christmas party with family friends. I was also excited to receive a new video game under the Christmas tree and spend the entire holiday break playing it.
Then around my teenage years, there was a mental shift where Christmas seemed to have lost its magic. I still enjoyed Christmas but it wasn’t the same compared to when I was a kid. This was around the time that I found out that Santa Claus wasn’t real.
Now, as an adult, I love Christmas again. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far is that it’s all about the people, and being surrounded by friends and family is exactly what makes the holidays so special. I see no better way to celebrate the end of the year.