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Holiday Season

by Alyssa Banks, who helps produce "The Matt Townsend Show"

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Here are a few things I’m grateful for with the holiday season now in full swing:

1. Family. They must be on the top of many people’s lists. They don’t have to be your best friends all the time. And many people argue holidays bring out the worst in family gatherings, but they’re still my favorite part of Thanksgiving and Christmas. None of the foods, traditions or gifts mean anything without people surrounding you.

2. The turkey bowl. Football found its way into our family as a tradition that will never be overlooked. It doesn’t matter the circumstances. Come sun or snow, we always play a little bit of football before the feast.

3. Thankful lists. This is the cliché idea many people delve deep into each holiday season. It’s always worth the time to slow down and think of all the exciting things that make you a happy person.

4. Decorations. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without some holiday cheer eye candy.

5. Movies. I love curling up with a blanket, popcorn and my favorite movie. The holiday season is the perfect time to excuse yourself and embrace a couple hours of laziness.

6. Food. Don’t forget the food. Every year, Thanksgiving brings creamed onions, pretzel Jello and Cranberry Splash into my life. They never disappoint. What are some of your holiday favorites?

7. Good memories. From accidentally stepping in the apple pie to performing songs on kazoos, memories never cease to fill my mind with a wonderful sense of nostalgia. Happy holidays to all of you lovely readers. Make this year the most memorable and magical one yet!

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