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Ding, dong, ding, dong, Christmas bells are ringing… And that’s not the only thing! Here are the top 10 sounds you don’t want to miss this holiday season:

10. Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

Christmas music overtakes every radio station, carolers show up at your doorstep unsolicited… but do you mind? No. Because what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to enjoy these classics?

9. Oohs and aahs when you light up the tree

Maybe you chopped down a 10-footer in the neighboring woods to proudly display, or maybe you pulled your artificial fir out of the basement for the sixth year in a row. Either way, there’s no way to avoid succumbing to the awe of a festively lit tree.

8. Friendly family banter

Christmas isn’t just about giving and receiving gifts, it’s about spending time with your loved ones. It’s not Christmas without the catching up with distant relatives, bickering of cousins, and discussion of weird topics that only family can understand.

7. Kissing under the mistletoe

Your nephew may think that he’s finally found “the one,” but make sure to embarrass him nonetheless if you hear smooching under the mistletoe.

6. Fire crackling

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas… and a roaring fireplace inside. There’s nothing quite like gathering around the fire when the world outside is a blanket of white. Let the toasty warmth and persistent crackling of wood soothe you to sleep (until someone gets the eggnog!).

5. Tip toes

You don’t want any sneaky young ones to inspect their presents ahead of time, so be alert for the quiet tip toe of little feet in the middle of the night.

4. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen…

…Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. When you hear hooves on the roof, you can sleep in peace, knowing that you’ve been blessed with another Christmas. Just cross your fingers that there’s no coal this year!

3. Santa getting stuck in the chimney

Sometimes, the poor guy might need a hand. If you hear grunts coming from the chimney – you know what to do.

2. The unwrapping of presents

Seeing kids and grandkids make a dive for the juiciest looking presents and then rip open the wrapping paper with a fervor is almost as satisfying as…

1. Delighted reactions to presents

You know you picked the perfect gift when you hear squeals of delight…from children 2 to 92…

…Though it’s been said, many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you!


by Alice Stejskal