For some, Christmas is just another holiday to get through.

With Christmas right around the corner, I find the excitement growing all across the city. I am a huge fan of Christmas, myself. I crave time with my family and loved ones so this time of year is extra special because everyone gets together. I couldn't imagine not having that feeling however, I know that some people don't feel the same.

Maybe it has something to do with the ghosts of Christmases past.

Ok, maybe the word "ghost" is a little over-dramatic, but it's possible that the Christmases that we experienced as kids are highly influential on those we have in the present. Think about it, if Christmas was filled with nothing but joy and love in your house, then you may be eager to create the same feeling as an adult.

The opposite may be true as well.

I don't have any evidence to support this, but I feel that those people who don't have any happy (or in this case "merry") memories of this time of year, it may be hard to spark that fire of holly and jolly. I'm no doctor, but maybe if something traumatic or tragic happened during the Christmas season, you may shy away from celebrating.

Of course, the reverse could be true too. Maybe Christmas wasn't all it's supposed to be when you were a kid, so now your sole mission is to make Christmas the merriest it's ever been. I say, to each their own. Make Christmas whatever you want it to be, as long as it makes you happy.