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17 Holiday Moments That Are Even Better Than Christmas

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but don't forget about all those moments that make it so. Let Shutterfly help you share the best ones.

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1. When you find the ugliest ugly sweater that's sure to be a hit at every holiday party you go to.

+10 points if it was knit by an elderly relative.
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+10 points if it was knit by an elderly relative.

2. When your entire house smells like Christmas after the first night of having a tree.

Bask in it like a chestnut roasting in an open fire.
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Bask in it like a chestnut roasting in an open fire.

3. When you bite into your first Christmas cookie...

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Gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies... GIVE US ALL OF 'EM.

4. ...which is also the moment when you temporarily break up with your diet.

"Diet – this just isn't working out right now. Maybe we can pick things up again after New Year's?"
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"Diet – this just isn't working out right now. Maybe we can pick things up again after New Year's?"

5. When you finally see your family.

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*Deep breath* Here we go.

6. When you receive this year's batch of your aunt's very boozy eggnog.

Time to get merry.
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Time to get merry.

7. Or when you make the first cup of spiked hot cocoa for the season.

Very merry.
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Very merry.

8. And then you end up getting drunk with your family.

That's when Grandma starts telling all of the family secrets.
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That's when Grandma starts telling all of the family secrets.

9. The moment when you're driving around and you realize it looks like this:

Why can't it look like this year-round?
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Why can't it look like this year-round?

10. And when Christmas music is playing everywhere you go.

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And all you want for Christmas is to hear "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 10 more times.

11. When you take that family photo you KNOW will be your Christmas card this year.

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Everyone's smiling. Nobody's blinking. We've found the one.

12. And when you get the annual card from that silly family that always sends a funny one.

Unless you're the funny family.
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Unless you're the funny family.

13. When you find the perfect gift for someone you know.

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Maybe they won't love it, but hey, it's the thought that counts.

14. When you finish your Christmas shopping, AND YOU'RE EARLY!

Doesn't matter if half of those presents are actually for you.
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Doesn't matter if half of those presents are actually for you.

15. And when you wrap one of those presents, and it turns out perfectly.

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Didn't have to make any extra cuts, AND you did it with only one piece of tape? It's a Christmas miracle.

16. When you get your pet involved in the holiday festivities.

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Santa Paws has come to town.

17. And when your family finally leaves.

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Thanks for all the 'nog and sharing those secrets. Until next year!

It's these moments and more that make all of our Christmases merry and bright. And Shutterfly is here to help you make these moments into the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones this holiday season.