(Not So) Guilty Pleasures

The truth is that there are plenty of reasons to get annoyed during the holidays. Between the parties and the presents, the days seem to fill up quicker now than they do at any other time of the year. Often, what was supposed to be fun starts to feel more like work. Here are a few things to savour when you get the chance. Remind yourself why it was once called the most wonderful time of the year.

Some of the best (not so) guilty pleasures of the season

Staying warm inside all day while watching people pass by outside so bundled up that only their eyes are visible.

Crossing off the last thing on your ‘to do’ list knowing the only thing left for you to do involves some yuletide cheer and good company.

Listening to your iPod to drown out Christmas music (or in some cases to play it even louder).

Adding Bailey’s to your coffee, particularly after a day of being cold and wet outside (think of those activities that keep you outdoors all day like skiing, shoveling snow, or putting up Christmas lights that refuse to all light at one time).

Watching Cranky Salesperson get acquainted with Even Crankier Shopper.

Discussing with a confidante the events of last night’s office Christmas party (note, I said confidante).

Finding time to read a book that isn’t listed in your Study Guide.

Going home to have your parents or someone else cook for you.

Walking in the door and smelling your favourite baked item rising in the oven.

Those candies in the dish at your grandparents (you never eat them anywhere else and you never eat them without thinking of your grandparents).

Charlie Brown’s Christmas (c’mon, you like it).

Leftovers on Boxing Day (especially, those sandwiches with the homemade buns and all the fixings).

Listening to kids who still believe in Santa with all their hearts tell him what they want for Christmas.

Taking a nap on a day off (there’s just something about sleeping when you could be working).

Those little marshmallows in your hot chocolate.

Getting cards from people you miss (alright, any mail that’s not a bill can be pretty interesting).

Giving someone the perfect gift and knowing they really love it.

And, let’s be honest, getting a thoughtful gift from a friend can be pretty great, too.

Skating on an outdoor rink when it’s cold enough to keep it frozen, but warm enough to keep your eyelashes from freezing together.

Hearing your house filled with laughter.

A warm glow from a fire on a silent night.