This time of year means I get to see my entire family on both sides and my heart feels full. It means an elegant party on Christmas Eve (complete with a rowdy sing-a-long) and Nan Nan's Mexican wedding cookies. It means thousands of candles, fancy cheese spreads, and homemade spiked eggnog. It means invaluable time with my childhood friends and sitting around the dinner table for hours after we've finished eating, as my uncle makes us die laughing. I love this time of year.