Christmas is the best time of the year. No matter how my year went, the Christmas season is the best anti-depressant drug! I have a theory that the French start decorating so early to avoid the bleak early winter (the sun sets around 4PM). They start decorating mid-November to keep their spirits high. And since they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s totally acceptable seeing sugar plum fairies and nutcrackers out before my birthday (November 12).