'Tis the season to be jolly. I mean, not quite yet, but that's honestly where I'm at right about now.

There is SO MUCH going on in the world right now that I often times find myself needing to step back and process it all. Between COVID-19, everything going on in politics, combined with the craziness going on in my own life, I usually think and find myself wishing I was in a different period of time.

I'm ready to fast forward to Christmas, and I have some reasons why:

First, there's something that puts everyone in a great mood around Christmas time. There is a magic that sweeps up the world, providing positive attitudes for so many people. I feel like every single person I know is always happier come the holiday season. And did I mention that Christmas music (most times than not) puts people in a better mood?  I'm ready for that change of pace and positivity.

Second, I'm ready to decorate! Granted I can do this for Halloween, but being able to decorate a tree and the house has been a memory that I've treasured my entire life. I'm currently in the process of purchasing my first home with my boyfriend, and I can't wait to be able to Christmas-fy the house for the season. I remember when I bought my first Christmas tree when I moved out of my family's house and into my first space that was mine as an adult. My mom has had a love of Christmas decorating ever since I can remember and I'm ready to (somewhat) uphold the tradition myself.

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Third, I kinda want the snow. That's not a normal thing for me to say, typically I complain about it to no end - but I'm ready for the fun activities that the snow brings. Sledding, snowboarding, skiing, snow ball fights, hot chocolate, holiday movies, blankets, snuggles by a fire. All of those things, the thought of them, bring me so much joy right now.

And finally, I love spending time with my family. I feel like during the summer months, everyone is so busy with their own lives. The holidays give everyone a chance to slow down and enjoy each other's company. I'm 100% a family oriented individual, being with my family as much as I can keeps me sane. I love the time we get to share during Christmas.

It's definitely because of the pandemic that I'm feeling this type of way. But here's another way to think about it. 2020 has been awful. The sooner Christmas comes, the sooner we're on our way to a new year.