You know that song from The Sound of Music? My Favorite Things? I have that in my head for some reason. And it got me thinking about some of my favorite things around the holidays.
The first snowfall of the season
Hot cocoa on a freezing cold day
Sunshine streaming into my windows in the morning
The way the house feels cozy with the Christmas decorations up
The smell of peppermint, cinnamon, pine needles, smelly holiday candles, etc.
Getting cozy by the fire with all the lights off except the tree lights
Spending time with family
Anticipating the excitement my kids will have when opening their gifts
Indulging in delicious food and yummy holiday treats
Celebrating the birth of Jesus, who is the Hope of mankind
It has been hard to get into the spirit of things since I was sick the last two weeks. But things are on the mend. And my heart is beginning to stir with the Christmas spirit. It's hard to believe it is almost here. Fall went by way too fast! I want to enjoy this time because it is pretty much the only thing I like about winter.
So here's to this wonderful, magical, special time of the year. What are some of your favorite things?