Everywhere I look, snow is falling, cold winter air is blowing and holiday reruns are on full blast. Christmas time is back once again! Last year I discussed a bit about what Christmas meant to me, but this year I wanted to focus a bit on what makes it so special. So in order to get everyone in the holiday spirit I've decided to share a countdown of the twelve of the things that make Christmas, Christmassy for me. (P.S. Make sure to sing along)

Twelve Friends a Friending


Okay, I admit that this one doesn't really make sense, but I'm trying to say that I have a lot of great friends who help make the holidays more fun! I think the main aspect of every holiday is celebrating and developing new and old friendships by sharing your holiday traditions with those around you.

Eleven Readers Reading 


Whether you are rereading your favourite Christmas tale to yourself or to someone else, reading is the perfect way to get into the holiday cheer. I love that all of the bookstores and libraries showcase their books from their Christmas collections, and how they bring back so many holiday memories.

Ten Singers Singing


I think that one of the best parts about the holidays is the music. Everywhere I go I am surrounded by happy tunes, so I can’t help but be extremely joyful as well.

Nine Bakers Baking


I think that the best part of this holiday is the food. In my city, I am constantly surrounded by people from all over the world. Fortunately, many of them like to share a bit of their culture with the rest of us through the food. Thankfully I’ve been able to taste different traditional holiday dishes while appreciating and learning about a new area of the world. I also love how small cafés and big brands such as Tim Hortons and Starbucks have their signature holiday drinks that come out every year which seem to cater to the holiday loving person in all of us.

Eight Snowflakes Falling


As a Canadian, I love the snow almost as much as I love complaining about it. Christmas isn’t complete without a fresh layer of snow on the ground, the sound of neighbours’ shovels scooping it away and the exhaustion of having to put on all those layers in order to go outside and build a snowman à la Frozen.


Seven Skaters Skating


The great thing about the holiday season is the multitude of activities that it and the presence of winter brings. As soon as the right temperature hits, the snow is out and everyone is bundled up, it’s time to head out to either dig the driveway (it's fun under the right circumstances), outdoor skating under the Christmas lights, snowball fights and tobogganing.


Six Helping Hands                                                                                                                             


Seeing how helpful everyone is around Christmas time is the best reminder of what this holiday is really all about. It really makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, to see all the ways that people of all ages are willing and able to make a difference in their own communities. Whether it’s donating money, hosting a food or toy drive or just sending a card to someone, I think that every gesture (especially the seemingly small ones) count.

Five Twinkling Lights


Although they are utilizing a lot of electricity, I love how no matter the time of night, there are lights twinkling all over the city. Whether they are hanging from apartment balconies, in the windows of giant office buildings or, in the streets they all contribute to the bigger picture.

Four Christmas Trees


The part that I look forward to every year is decorating my house in preparation for the holidays. Unfortunately this year I wasn’t able to spend the whole day decorating with my family like I usually do, but I have been trying to contribute ideas and little crafts here and there. The Christmas tree is the largest decoration we have, and I love being able to take a step back and looking at the results of our hard work.

Three Reruns


My favourite thing to do during the holiday season is watch my favourite holiday shows and movies! Personally, I find that Christmas isn’t complete without them. Every year that I watch reruns of   How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, The Nutcracker, To Grandmother's House We Go or Elf (my all-time favourite), they seem to get even better and the message that each film sends becomes even clearer.


Two Secret Santas


Although it’s not the most essential part of the holidays, gift giving is one of the most common traditions linked to it. For the past few year, I’ve exchanged gifts with at least one other person, but in order to spice it up a little, my friends’ and I organized a Secret Santa gift exchange ( which is when you are secretly assigned a person to buy a gift for and on a predetermined date you exchange gifts with them)! When I was in elementary school, we used to do this as a class which made it more difficult to figure out who your secret Santa was, but doing it within a smaller group is just as fun.

and one Great Family


Last but not least, the most important part of the holidays is family. Whether this is composed of your kin and/or your close friends, Christmas is all about spending quality time with them. Whether it’s through the activities that I mentioned before or by sharing a meal, I feel that it’s a good idea to take a time just to be with them. Forget about school, work or any other problems that you may have and just take at least one day to just enjoy being around them. After all, the only requirement for making Christmas feel truly Christmas-y is enjoying the special day with the ones that you love. 

Happy Holidays!