Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday, I love it even more than birthdays! I love everything about it: how the cold and dark city is gradually transformed into a winter wonderland with the beautiful Christmas lights being hung, the Christmas fairs appearing on squares, how the scent of roasting chestnut and spiced mulled wine fills the air while people sing carols, I love walking in the city around Christmas (of course not shopping, it's crazy jungle out there in the shops!).
This is my favourite Christmas fair in Budapest (it is also the most famous in Hungary and it was even in the top 3 in Europe!): it is located at Vörösmarty tér, where the world-famous Gerbeaud confectionary/bakery is, and thankfully close to my office, so with some colleagues we sneaked out a couple of times during lunch breaks to shop for pressies and drink some spiced mulled wine :-)
Then there are the preparations at home: hanging the decorations in the house, baking Christmas cookies, wrapping presents while listening to Christmas songs. I love this sense of preparation and peace and joy. Each year as soon as December is over, from the beginning of January I can't wait for it to be Christmas again! :-)
Christmas to me is the occasion for big family get-togethers: we celebrate Christmas usually until December 29th, because there are so many family members, we got one aunt/uncle and their family per day to visit and have a Christmas meal and exchange gifts with, and I absolutely love that for me Christmas doesn’t end on December 25 for us :-D Love that each day is another occasion for a festive lunch/dinner, seeing more cousins I haven't seen for a year and catching up with them. (We eat roasted turkey with apple sauce only once a year: on December 25! That is a yummy lunch we are always looking forward to each year :-p)