The Way Christmas Changes as I Get Older

Some are actually positive, but mostly growing up is hard.
  1. + Waking up at 5 am and running into my parents rooms on Christmas morning is no longer even considered
  2. - Sleeping in my twin bed with my little sister on Christmas Eve, dreaming of what tomorrow brings, is no longer physically possible
  3. - Being blissfully unaware of the stresses that holidays bring for adults
  4. - Being excited for even the box that the gifts come in
  5. - When tearing wrapping paper was 85% of the fun
  6. + Getting more meaning out of cards, conversations and traditions as you lose your childlike wonder
  7. + Gaining new family through marriages and friends that become family
  8. - Convincing every adult you encounter that you haven't wasted your education and that you are doing something with your life