Or is it the anticipation of the arrival of Santa, with all his good tidings and joy?
Or, is it a little deeper than all that? If you have asked Jesus into your heart and are a Christian, then it has to be the joy of celebrating the birth of our precious Saviour, Jesus Christ. I have several nativity sets and love to scatter them around the house during the holidays. I even have one that stays up all year round, just to remind me that, although coming home to comfort is important on this Earth, the home that I'm going to in Eternity is more than comfortable..it's with Jesus!
I like to have a theme for my Christmas celebrations, and this year it is "Come Home to Comfort". I borrowed this from the cover of the July issue of Country Living magazine. Having a theme for a holiday may seem a little silly or over the top to you, but honestly, it makes me a little more focused and actually makes shopping easier-everything needs to fit into the theme! Some past themes I've used include "An old fashioned country Christmas" and one similar in spirit to this year's theme "Comfort and Joy".
Think about what Christmas is to you and consider using a theme for your decorations, menus and gifts. It makes the holidays cohesive and gives you a goal to work for!
Remember, everything you do to prepare for Christmas in July is one less thing you have to do in December!
PS-I'm not sure why the middle picture is so blurry...it isn't in real life! Sorry about the quality!