14 Simple Pleasures of the Christmas Season

From Christmas trees to Christmas cookies to Christmas lights, enjoy these things we love about Christmas. 

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be overwhelming, but it helps to pause and savor the season’s many simple pleasures. Here are some of our favorite joys of the Christmas season; post a comment below and tell us about yours.

Guideposts: A sidewalk Christmas stand in NYC

1 of 14/ The pine-y scent of a Christmas tree lot



Guideposts: Two boys pose for a picture on Santa's lap

2 of 14/ Watching your child pose for a picture with Santa Claus


Guideposts: A collection of homemade Christmas presents

3 of 14/ The satisfaction of giving gifts you made yourself


Guideposts: The covers of classic Christmas albums

4 of 14/ Beloved Christmas music from years gone by


Two children portray Mary and Joseph in a church Christmas pageant

5 of 14/ The inspiring sincerity of church Christmas pageants


Guideposts: An assortment of classic Christmas ribbon and hard candies

6 of 14/ Old-fashioned Christmas candy in cut-glass dishes


Guideposts: Mother and son smile as they decorate the Christmas tree

7 of 14/ Decorating the Christmas tree with your family


Guideposts: A modest home with a single string of white Christmas lights

8 of 14/ The warm glow of even modest displays of Christmas lights


Grandparents greet their grandchildren on Christmas morning

9 of 14/ A welcome visit from grandparents


Guideposts: A candlelit Christmas Eve service

10 of 14/ A Christmas Eve church service, lit by candlelight


A young girl composes a letter to Santa Claus

11 of 14/ A child's handwritten letter to Santa Claus


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Guideposts: A still from It's a Wonderful Life

12 of 14/ Classic Christmas movies enjoyed with the family


Guideposts: A plate of homemade Christmas cookies

13 of 14/ The enticing aroma of homemade Christmas cookies


Guideposts: Unopened presents under the Christmas tree

14 of 14/ The infinite possibilities of unopened packages under the tree

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