The Best and Worst Things About Christmas – My Perspective on the Season

    The Best and Worst Things About Christmas – My Perspective on the Season

    The holidays come and go each year giving me that eerie sensation of déjà vu. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, I find myself anticipating all the best things about Christmas. It’s that time of year when the wold seems entirely magical. 

    Every other radio station is playing carols …

    Streets and stores are lit up with the most colorful lights and decorations imaginable …

    Christmas lights are one of the best things about Christmas
    (Photo Credit: Georgene Moizuk Bramlage)

    There are Christmas parties almost everywhere …

    Sales in the stores …

    And Christmas Cards from friends and family who live far away …

    I love everything about Christmas! Or do I? 

     

    The Best Things About Christmas

         1. Choosing a Christmas Tree

    Artificial trees may be more economical and even look natural, but they can never smell like the fresh ones. In my family we keep up with the old tradition of picking our own fresh Christmas tree. So, every year in mid December, we start the hunt for the perfect looking tree.

    Picking a Christmas tree
    (Photo credit: Samira Bouaou)

    And we never find it.

    Our tree is either too short, or too tall, or it has too many branches, or the wrong shape, or it has a crooked tip … But in the end we love our Christmas tree and bringing it home to decorate it is one of the best things about Christmas.

        2. Wrapping Gifts

     There is something about wrapping gifts that puts me in the Christmas spirit. Choosing the right paper and a pretty ribbon for the package and then placing it under the tree is really pleasing.

     

         3. Cooking Traditional Food

     

          3. The Shopping Hell

    I think the worst thing about Christmas is the shopping madness. It starts around Black Friday when, in their pursuit of cut-priced goods, people totally loose their common sense. Every weekend after Thanksgiving, the stores swarm with desperate shoppers who run around like crazy, elbowing, arguing, and wrestling to snag a bargain. Unfortunately, that is also the best time of the year to find a wide variety of merchandise in every store. But traveling on the roads and finding parking around this time of year is a nightmare.

    Fighting for merchandise in the store is one of the worst things about Christmas

     

         4. The “Merry Christmas” Controversy

    Why are we so afraid to say “Merry Christmas” in this country? After all,  America was founded as a Christian nation, wasn’t it? And while many other religious faiths coexist peacefully on its territory, the majority of Americans are still Christians. According to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center, 70.6% of the adult population identified themselves as Christians. Then why is saying “Merry Christmas”such a huge deal?

    Wishing people Merry Christmas is one of the best things about Christmas

    The way I see it, if someone tries to say something nice to you, you shouldn’t get upset because they didn’t say quite the way you wanted. They may not know you are an atheist, or a Jew, or a Buddhist. Personally, I prefer “Merry Christmas,” but I don’t get upset if someone who’s trying to be politically correct wishes me Happy Holidays. Then why should others feel offended if I wish them a Merry Christmas? Just because they don’t celebrate Christmas, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be ‘merry.’ Or does it?!

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