Thursday, December 1, 2011

I Must Ask . . . What Is Your Favorite Holiday?

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up—they have no holidays. –Henny Youngman

Thanks to everyone who voted for what you are thankful for. Children and Family each took 15 votes and Friends took 16, which just goes to show that you can pick your friends but not your family. I also found it interesting that the Spouse category got only one more vote than the Parents category :paranoid:. Seriously, though. It was nice to stop for a minute and count all the good things and people in my life.

Christmas is in 24 days. Twenty. Four. Days. People. If that doesn't scare the pants off you, then someone else must do the planning/decorating/shopping/baking/wrapping/card sending at your house. Christmas comes with its stress. Finding the perfect gift. Making the money stretch for the perfect gift. Finding the time to do all the pre-holiday preparations. Making it through the family parties with your sanity still in tact. Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas. It is one of my favorite holidays. I love giving a thoughtful, personal gift to someone I care about. I enjoy the parties, the food, the company, the feeling in the air. There is something magical about it. Perhaps it is all the twinkle lights.

Christmas is in my top three favorite holidays. I'm not sure how they rank in order of preference, but the three I love the most are Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each one has its merits. On Halloween, you can be anyone you want to be. Thanksgiving is filled with friends and family and good food. And Christmas is about remembering the One who gave all for us. I'm not sure that I love the other holidays any less, though. I love potato salad and fireworks on the Fourth of July, staying up until midnight to ring in a new year, pinching anyone who didn't wear green on the 17th of March, and making paper hearts for my favorite people in February. It is fun to celebrate the little things in life, as well as the big. So today, I must ask . . . what is your favorite holiday?


Shay said...

Christmas is my favourite. We don't do much other celebrating here but I always get into Christmas.

Jill said...

I picked several. But one we really get into is St. Patrick's Day. We try to get new shirts every few years and play Irish music for the whole month of March. One year we had tickets to a concert with a band straight from Ireland, and sometimes, when the budget allows, we like to go to McCools--an Irish pub. What can I say? My hubby loves his heritage, and I love getting into it, too!

Jennifer Lovell said...

I had to vote for both Valentine's Day and my anniversary separately, though you know they are one in the same for me. My #1 favorite is Christmas, because it's awesome. And nobody makes you do anything that day, in the whole community. It's a "stay at home with fun people and fun things and yummy treats and don't go anywhere" day. And unlike Thanksgiving, there's no cooking! (Our Christmas meal is done on Christmas Eve).

I also love my birthday. I let everyone know when it is and have a lot of fun celebrating myself that day.

Another that I enjoy that's not on the list is Mother's Day. (Or is it "Mothers' Day"?)

hardhatcat said...

One of my Favourites is the Adelaide Cup Day. It used to be held in May and we were married on the Adelaide Cup long weekend, so even though they moved the holiday to March, it's still a little special for me

mom said...

I have to say Christmas is my favorite holiday because everyone comes on Christmas eve and we all have such a good time together. not to mention all the fun all season long. And then Christmas day is just a calm quiet day to reflect and enjoy all the wonderful things that are already just a memory.