Have I told ya all how much I love the holidays? I love the smells, the decorations, the central feel of them. Everyone is a little more warm and cozy than usual and it gives me an overwhelming connection with my family. I love that there is something fun to do everywhere you look. With all that being said I am absolutely disgruntled about the commercialization of everything. How can you anticipate the magic and the lovelyness of the decorations when you start seeing them in stores in July? How can kids truly find the magic in Santa when they get stuff all the year through? I often wonder what it would have been like to be alive back in the day of my grandparents. Money was tight but love was huge. There were no distractions like cellphones and the internet...it was simply just them. How bad could that be? Many of us have soooo much excess (notice I said US) that we hardly stop to say thank you. I love this season mainly for one reason tho. Even those that dont believe in Jesus are reminded in every corner and on every street, that Christ WAS born and Christ IS alive. They can run, they can turn their cheeks, but they cant deny it. Jesus IS the reason for the season.