The holiday season is upon us and I am most excited about it. I've been preparing for several months now and it is almost here. Having children has breathed new life into the holidays for me. Although my 8 year old son is officially a non-believer and that hurt my heart he still enjoys Christmas. Last year I convinced him to still believe after some dumb kid told him Santa was a fraud; this year no such luck. Yes I want him to believe that a big fat white man in a red suit smokes a pipe, rides on reindeer's and comes down a chimney we don’t have to deliver his gifts I spend my hard earned money on. SO! All isn't lost though this year is my baby girls first Christmas so I have at least 5 more years to pretend Santa is real. Since this is Nori’s first Christmas my holiday cheer started early. By cheer I mean spending, shopping, researching for this and that and so on and so forth. I get a kick out of people’s reactions when they open my gifts. I pride myself on getting something I KNOW they will love. Even if they didn't even know they would. Here are a few things I did this year to maintain my holiday cheer.