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That’s Christmas to me

I’m often asked why I love the holiday season so much. It could be 90 degrees outside in August or 45 degrees on Easter weekend in March and there is a good chance I could be listening to Christmas music. July slowly is becoming a mini-December for me!

Nov. 1 has become my official start of the holiday season with a run up to that being the Hallmark Channel holiday movie kickoff the weekend around Halloween. As people head out to costume parties and kids stroll the streets for candy, I’m nestled under a blanket on the couch watching Christmas romances on Hallmark Channel and playing holiday tunes from iTunes or iHeartRadio.

I find myself defending my love of the holidays against people who demand that I don’t even think about Christmas until the last slice of pumpkin pie is gone after Thanksgiving.

And putting up the tree before Thanksgiving? Blasphemy, they say!

Meanwhile, the first Christmas commercial or product or glimpse of anything anywhere and I’m all…

So what is it about Christmas that I love so much? Christmas is magical. It’s a time to reflect on the year that was, think about the year to be and enjoy the moment right now with friends and family.

My grandmother loved the holidays. I remember helping her decorate her house in November (many years while watching the old Kaufmann’s Celebrate the Season Parade in Pittsburgh on TV). The cookies, the gifts, the crafts, the fun, the memories.

That love of the holidays continued through to my mother, whose feelings about this time of year are comparable to mine.

Traditions have continued and morphed and been added, and each holiday season becomes a special chapter in my life.

The welcoming twinkle of lights strung around homes, or seeing a decorated tree in a window helps me to think that no matter what’s going on in the world, we’re able to come together.

As Kris Kringle said in the famous 1947 “Miracle on 34th Street” film, “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” Being thoughtful, giving, welcoming and loving are traits we should carry with us throughout the year.

So, please, come along for the ride.


It’s here! Welcome to It’s Christmas 365!

After years of saying I wanted to spread my holiday cheer with a website, I am pretty pumped to be able to share It’s Christmas 365 with the world today – Oct. 25, 2019!

If you’ve been following the Facebook page, thank you! If you didn’t know there was a Facebook page, please go “like” it to remain on Santa’s Nice List. And, yes, there’s even an Instagram page (because of course there is): @itsChristmas365.

Also, while I’m promoting things, please subscribe to the newsletter! The newsletter will be sent once a week in November, December and part of January. The rest of the year, you’ll see a quick greeting on the 24th or 25 of each month! (We might toss in two newsletters in Christmas July … tbd, tbh!)

The newsletter during the holidays will offer details of holiday events (Kennywood Park, Hersheypark, concerts, parades, etc, etc, etc) you should check out, what’s on TV, recipes, ICYMI links, plus so much more!

Read more on the About page about how you can submit posts, ideas, stories and more! And get some insight into why I’ve created this site. (If you know me in real life, it’s really a no-brainer!)

Hope you like and interact with the site, newsletter and Facebook page!

– Bobby