Christmas is finally here. Well, almost here. It’s a couple of days before, but I’m deep in the Christmas mood. Every year I start listening to Christmas music on November 1st. That’s right… November 1st. Don’t be that person that says, “That’s way to soon. You’re skipping right over Thanksgiving!” I beg to differ. Have you read this post?

Christmas music puts me in a great mood. Not sure what it is. Maybe it’s the screaming guitars and hard rock sound of Trans Siberian Orchestra or the gentle soothing voice of Frank Sintra and Dean Martin. Or the upbeat rhythm of The Beach Boys. You also can’t forget the toe tapper songs from Elton John and The Waitresses. However, my all time favorite Christmas song (apart from O Holy Night) is Do They Know It’s Christmas? And if you’re wondering, I like the originals over the modern, “poppy” versions.

I also enjoy the church classics: Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy, Joy to the World, and so on. After all, it is the birth of Christ that we are celebrating contrary to what society is telling us what we are celebrating. Because without the birth, we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas.

We can’t forget about the amazing movies! Christmas VacationHome Alone, The Santa Clause, Grinch, Polar Express, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and Die Hard (ha ha… that joke is so old everyone needs to stop saying their favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. Seriously. Put the joke on a postcard and send it 29 years ago.) Of course, there’s the plethora of Hallmark Christmas movies. What do I need to do to get on one of those?

Christmas is a time for family, friends, food, and laughter. Take time to slow down this Christmas season. Enjoy the little moments and put differences aside. After all, every day is a blessing and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year!