Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is socially acceptable to get into the Christmas mood. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while now, and I’m overjoyed that it’s finally here. In order to celebrate this coming holiday, I made a list of fifty reasons to be excited for the Christmas season. But I mean, who wouldn’t be excited anyway?! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

1. Decorating

2. Making cookies

3. Putting up the Christmas tree

4. No school

5. Getting presents

6. Giving presents

7. That contagious Christmas cheer

8. Seeing family and friends

9. Traveling

10. Silly wrapping paper

11. Christmas lights

12. Ornaments and wreaths

13. Snow

14. Christmas sweaters

15. Ugly Christmas sweaters

16. Ugly Christmas sweater parties

17. Putting the star/angel/etc. on top of the tree

18. Christmas music

19. Particularly, “All I Want for Christmas is You”

20. Watching old Christmas movies

21. And old home movies from years past

22. Getting dressed up for church

23. Absolutely no responsibilities

24. Still holding onto the hope that Santa might come

25. Waking up Christmas morning

26. Staying in PJ’s all day

27. Making others happy

28. Stockings

29. Santa hats

30. Jingle bells

31. Christmas specials on TV

32. ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas

33. Caroling

34. Secret Santa/White Elephant

35. Having a month of Christmas break

36. The approaching New Year

37. Playing in the snow

38. Icicles

39. Hot chocolate

40. Picking out the perfect gift for someone

41. Showing your family and friends how much you care about them

42. Sitting by the fireplace

43. Gloves, mittens, scarves, boots and hats

44. Christmas scented candles

45. Snowmen and snowball fights

46. Christmas cards

47. The overall sense of joy

48. Jesus’ birthday

49. Knowing God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son (check out John 3:16)