Anticipation. So much of Christmas is anticipation–the planning, the shopping, the decorating, the cooking. But the best part of Christmas occurs during the moment. Not so much exchanging gifts as exchanging conversation, a meal, a drink, yourself. The measure of a Merry Christmas should be if at the end of the day you’ve given more of yourself than you received. Just think about how the world we live in would be if that were the measure of success for every day of our lives.