The excitement in the weeks leading up to Christmas is always palpable. In between busting out the holiday decorations and shopping for gifts for family and friends, you can't help but get into the festive spirit.
Growing up, the days leading up to Christmas Eve were filled with so much excitement. My mom and I would run errands around town, stopping at the local market and Italian bakery for treats, while my grandma stayed home rolling struffoli and baking thumbprint cookies.
The holiday season has always held a special place in my heart. From the cooler air to the delicious food to the twinkling lights in the trees, the last few months of the year seamlessly blend into one long blur of celebrating.
If you come to my house during the holidays, you'll probably hear Dean Martin and Nat King Cole singing holiday classics softly in the background, only to be interrupted every so often by the Muslim call to prayer. And lying next to my ornament-lined Christmas tree, you'll find an ornate prayer rug, purposefully chosen to match my yuletide decor.
Growing up, Hanukkah was a holiday that was celebrated with my entire family. I was lucky enough to grow up within 10 minutes of all of my grandparents, and cousins were happy to pay us a visit in sunny Florida to escape the icy Northeast Winters.
Winter solstice holds a very special place in my heart. It's a time when I gather with friends, some of whom I haven't seen since the previous year's festivities, to celebrate the past 365 days and prepare for the next.
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I'm definitely not immune to the magic of the holidays. I decorate for Christmas way too early, watch as many holiday movies as I can, and love spending time with my family and friends.
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Giving gifts to people you love during the holidays is one of the season's biggest joys. But while you probably have no problem spending your money on things for your closest friends and family, there are certain situations where you feel like you have to buy a gift instead of actually wanting to.
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