Say what you will about people putting up their Christmas decorations "too early" or leaving them up "too long," because chances are those people are my people. There are things only people who truly love Christmas will understand, and I am one of those people. I make no apologies. I do not hide. I just, you know, truly enjoy this time of year.
For those of us who fall under that category; yes, we are adults, and no, we aren't weirdly trying to live out some childhood issues through the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year. Actually, when I really think about it, Christmas isn't even so great because of the gifts. It's everything that goes into the spirit of Christmas that make people love it. I'm talking strings of lights that get tangled together when attempting to hang them up for decoration. The Christmas cookies you're allowed to unapologetically enjoy while wearing knitted Christmas sweaters and drinking eggnog. The family time that, while sometimes stressful, always seems to be worth it.
The feeling of being nearly obsessed with the holiday doesn't come from the desire to gorge yourself on cookies (though that's not the worst upside of, obviously). Being a Christmas Fanatic comes from the whimsy of it all and the good feelings that automatically rise in you after hearing some Christmas carols on the radio. It's this break from "normal life," when you get to stop and appreciate the year behind you, hope for the year in front of you, and tell those around you how much you love them. So, if you're kind of obsessed with Christmas, like me, and are one of those people who truly love everything about it, we can feel a certain solidarity in the things only we will totally get.