I love the holiday season. I just wish it was celebrated properly. There is such a frantic lead up to Christmas Day and then nothing. I actually know people who take all their decorations down on Boxing Day! Really, the Advent season should be like Lent; a time of fasting and prayer leading up to one of the holiest days in the Christian year. I'm not saying I observe Advent as I "should", but we certainly take time to light our Advent candles and truely reflect on the season. I try to make sure the Christmas season only starts on Christmas day. Our tree stays up until Epiphany (Jan 6), except the year it shed way too many needles to keep that long. People forget that the 12 Days of Christmas starts December 25.
I'm well prepared for Christmas this year. Major presents were purchased months ago, as I could afford them. Stocking stuff purchased these last few weeks. I have nearly all my cookies made and ready to be boxed and delivered. The only thing hanging over my head is the present for my sister and her hubby. It's taking much longer than anticipated. She's very forgiving if she has to wait for actual gift delivery. I have another smaller gift for each so there will be something to open on the big day. Ella will be such fun this year, she really understands what's going on this year, I just have to get her to wait till Christmas day to unwrap the presents already under the tree.