So I’m a Decemberist: a person who loves December. I mean, how can you not love this whole month? It’s a holiday season, everyone’s in a good mood, and if you’re really, really lucky, you’ll get presents.It’s not just about Christmas; there’s Kwanzaa and Hanukkah and New Year’s! All these awesome holidays! It’s a month where you can go dress up like Santa or make a holiday card, like you see here. So here are my top ten reasons why I’m a Decemberist.
1. The Holiday Music: Every year, you hear something you’ve never heard before. This year, I’m listening to She & Him’s A Very She & Him Christmas a lot. Also, anything from Glee. I feel like one day I should write a new Hanukkah song, so please remind me about this next year if I haven’t done that. I also really like the song that Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracey Morgan sang on SNL when I was little and it’s still cool now: SNL Christmas Song
2. Christmas Break: Depending on when the holidays hit, you can have almost two weeks off from school. How awesome is that? This year, Christmas and New Years are on the weekends, so we’re only getting a week off, but I’ll take it. My Mom always plans something fun for us to do and it’s nice for us to chill without having to worry about waking up early the next day. (While I’m on the subject, I think we need to have more breaks from school; like, if we had one week off every month, well, that would be great.)
3. Christmas Holiday Specials: I love how TV turns December into the best month ever. TV even makes the North Pole look like a fun place: check out Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and anything that has Santa in it. And of course, there’s the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller center and the TV station that shows the yule log burning and Lesley Knope, who really understands the spirit of Christmas. You know what I’m saying.
4. Give and Get: Making my Mom something that is going to surprise her and make her smile is kind of the best part of giving for me. I don’t mind getting gifts from people either. For instance, I really need an iPod and I wouldn’t mind some new nail polish, MOM.
5. New Year’s Eve: My bedtime is at 9:30pm. But on New Years Eve, I get to stay up and count down to the New Year. Awesome, right?
6. Snow: I love snow. And I think Mother Nature knows that I do, and ever since I was little, it’s usually the first month of the wintertime when you get snow! And you can go sledding and make snow angels and build snow castles!
7. Holiday Cheer: So yeah, like I was saying, people are in a good mood. Maybe it’s because they know they’re going to have a break from school or are going to go on vacation, but whatever, I don’t mind what the reason is, all I care about is that people are in a good mood! People walk around singing, sometimes in groups–I love Christmas Carollers!–and if you’re lucky enough to go see the Rockettes at Radio City (or anything like that), no one will look at you like you’re weird if you’re dancing in the streets. Because you’re in the best mood!
8. A New Start: I like to look back on the year I had and I’m always grateful because I’m lucky – I have my Mom and my dog Rocky who thinks he’s a cat and I have our friends and my whole life that’s awesome. I also like how the new year inspires people to make resolutions. I like a clean slate for the new year, to start fresh. And I always feel refreshed when I go back to school after New Year’s. Like we say in Latin, it’s tabula rasa time, ladies!
9. Trees!: Every year, we go over my BFF’s house and help decorate their Christmas tree. It’s a super-special tradition for me. I get to spend time with their family and I have my own personal Christmas ornament on their tree that I made when I was four. And then we have a sleepover and all of us sleep under their newly-decorated, lit up Christmas tree. It’s awesome. Also: these trees smell nice.
10. Hanukkah: Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah! I love Hanukkah. Yes, I do love the part where there are eight days and so, there are eight presents you get, but I love the other parts too: lighting the menorah with my Mom, watching the candles melt down, playing dreidel. Our menorah is one I made when I was five and we use it every year, so it’s pretty special to me.