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Best Things About the Holidays

43 Ways the Holidays Will Make You a Happier Human

As if you needed another reason to love the holidays, we're breaking down 40-plus things that put the fattest smiles on our faces this time of year. We're not talking expensive presents, either; it's all about the little things. From mistletoe kisses to caroling, not even Scrooge can deny the power of these feel-good moments. Before it's all over in a flash, soak in every minute!

  • Sipping on hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Listening to holiday music on repeat
  • Eating out of the popcorn bin
  • The comfort of going home
  • Snuggling by the fireplace
  • Glitter nail polish, glitter pinecones, glitter everything
  • Watching little kids open presents
  • Baking and decorating cookies
  • Decking out the house with holiday decor
  • Kissing underneath the mistletoe
  • Eggnog!
  • Taking flights and road trips to see loved ones
  • Eating and drinking till you stuff yourself silly
  • Holiday DIY projects
  • A Christmas Story and Love Actually movie marathons
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  • Buying poinsettias from the market
  • Giving to charities
  • Seeing red cups everywhere
  • Family game nights
  • The magical twinkling of holiday lights
  • Snowball fights
  • Drinking mulled wine
  • People being nicer, jollier human beings
  • Seeing Santa at the mall
  • Neighborhood caroling
  • Going to holiday parades
  • Candy canes
  • Meeting his family for the first time
  • Sending and receiving handwritten notes
  • No work, no school
  • Wearing spirited socks

  • Pretty gift wrap
  • Cooking and having zero leftovers, because it was that good
  • Popping Champagne bottles
  • Mini Christmas trees
  • Making paper snowflakes
  • Participating in a white elephant gift exchange
  • Giving in to a turkey coma
  • Finding the perfect holiday party dress
  • Hanging up stockings
  • The scent of fir trees
  • Not falling while ice skating outdoors
  • Going to an ugly-sweater party
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