By Chloe Chappell

As it grows closer and closer to Christmas morning you can see the anticipation of what will be under the tree growing on children’s faces. Will they get that new video game or doll that they’ve “always wanted”? Christmas eve is the hardest day of the year for them as Christmas Day seems so close, yet so far away.

I observe a different approach to the holiday from adults. The day is preceded by a lot of stress and planning. The perfect gift has to bought, beautiful decorations must adorn the house, and all of the preparations for a full holiday spread must be made. I, however, don’t fit into either of these categories.

This might sound cliche but the holiday season has always been a favorite time of the year for me. This has nothing to do with Christmas Day and in fact the actual day of Christmas is my least favorite day of the season.

The day is so hectic going from house to house eating food, exchanging presents, and pretending that life is perfect and that you’re all one big happy family even if you barely speak to one another. Frankly, it’s exhausting and much of the day is spent wishing it to be over.

I love the holiday season for the little things that occur leading up to Christmas Day. This year has been even more joyous of a holiday season for me as I have amazing friends to enjoy it with.

The simple things that seem trivial to some are what I really enjoy, especially when enjoying them some of the people who mean the most to me. Enjoying the lights display at Phipps while wearing festive sweaters can prove to make a great memory with plenty of pictures to remember it by.

Going downtown for light up night but arriving just after the last tree lighting is another found memory that i will have of this holiday season. It may be hard to imagine what seems as a bust becoming a found memory, but we made the best of the situation and still had a great night. We got to see the lit up trees and holiday decorations illuminating the city. Wandering around looking for somewhere to eat that didn’t have an hour line we found some delicious pizza and ice cream. Then we got to top the night off with a spectacular fireworks display like none i have seen before.

The simple things that don’t require a lot of effort or planning are often the most enjoyable. Such as snuggling up on a sofa with hot chocolate and a warm blanket to watch a Christmas Movie, or bolting out the lyrics to Christmas carols with a group of friends not caring how horrible you might sound.

The true best things at Christmas, and in life, are not about perfection. It is about being able to be happy and enjoy what you have, no matter how much or little, with the people you care about.

Christmas gift exchanges among college students are a perfect way to see this is action. Everyone knows that college students are generally poor and as such don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on Christmas presents. This doesn’t mean that the gifts they exchange are any less special. In fact, sometimes they are better because more thought goes into them.

Often as a society, we get caught up in the material side of things and forget about the small, plentiful joys of the season. While worrying about getting everything perfect for one day, we miss the tiny, perfect things that are right in front of us.