I Believe In Christmas

Jennifer - san diego, California
Entered on May 1, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family, pleasure
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Christmas time isn’t just a holiday for just children to believe in anymore, it has become a holiday that I still believe even though I am 22 years old. Every Christmas that I am able to celebrate with my family makes my heart grow fonder of the holiday more and more. This I believe in Christmas.

When Christmas time rolls around each year a feeling of warmth and excitement comes over me. I love the smell of Christmas trees, the cool crisp of the air and Christmas music playing on the radio.

When I was younger my sister and I would look forward to Christmas morning so much that we would barely sleep the whole night, and then the next morning we would wake our parents up at 7a.m. because it was present time! Every Christmas morning would follow along the same lines for us. First we would put on our ever so cheesy Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas album. Then we would rush through breakfast so that we could all gather in the living room to open presents.

Now that I am older Christmas has evolved into a holiday that I look forward to in a different way. I no longer look forward to receiving presents from my parents. Instead, I look forward to giving my parents and sister their presents. I get a great sense of joy from feeling that I am able to give them something back after all the years that my parents have been giving to me. Christmas morning has evolved into a holiday from when I was younger it was all about receiving presents. Now what Christmas means to me is being given the gift of time to spend with my family and such a special holiday that I hold close to my heart.

My belief in Christmas has helped me to realize not only that I have grown up over the past several years but also that I have learned to cherish any moment that I get to spend with my family. We all have such busy schedules that it becomes increasingly difficult for us to be able to spend time with each other. I believe in Christmas because I know that this is a time of the year that we can put on our Christmas tunes, gather around the Christmas tree to open presents and just be able to enjoy being a family.