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I am that person that puts up my Christmas decorations on November 1st. I start cranking my Michael Buble Christmas songs and my world feels complete.

It may seem a little odd to you, a little too early. Trust me, I get all the weird looks and stares when people walk into my house and see my tree standing there looking back at them or when they get in my car and Mariah is belting out All I Want for Christmas is You.

But the sidelong glances and the sarcastic “Really, Jazmyn” won’t make me change my ways or kill my enjoyment.

I absolutely LOVE Christmas. I live for the end of the year and the holiday season. For the first 10 months of the year I’m just counting down the days until the holidays begin.

The holidays are so much more to me than a holiday dinner and presents under a tree.

Christmas is waking up at 4am and laying in bed with my younger sister giggling until our parents let us go downstairs at 7am.

Christmas is sitting around a fire with my family and talking about anything and everything.

Christmas is seeing the look on someone’s face when they open then present I picked out specifically for them.

Christmas is the amazing, wonderful, catchy songs that get stuck in your head for days.

Now that I’ve grown up a little and went away to college, Christmas means even more than before.

When I was having a really rough first semester of college, my countdown for Christmas break to go home and see my family and friends is what kept me going. The Christmas tree my mom surprised me with and decorated was what gave me the strength to fight.

Christmas is the time I get to fly back home and spend some quality time with the people who mean the most to me. Its the time I get to swap stories with my cousins about everything that has happened in the past year. It’s the time I get to tease and joke around my sister. It’s the time I get to spend with my grandparents that means the most.

There’s a magic in the air this time of year. The awe of a child’s belief in Santa Clause, the beauty of snowfall on Christmas Eve, the overall happiness of the season and everything that comes with it.

Christmas may just be another holiday to you, a day off of work, a delicious meal, or a chance to give and receive a present or two. To me, Christmas is everything.

Christmas isn’t just a holiday or a season, Christmas is a feeling. As one once said, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”



Written by Jazmyn Patterson

Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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