The closure of one year and the opening of another is always a bitter sweet time. One year has gone that we can never relive but another beckons us forward.
Though it is bitter sweet I think there are lots of reasons to be cheerful at this time of year and here's my quick list in no particular order;
Being warm inside when its cold outside.
Good food and drink
The company of family and friends
Christmas TV ( well some of it !)
Seeing people open their presents
While there is always a bitter sweet sense of closure and opening over the winter festival there are reasons to be cheerful. These days mark the closing of this year before the new year opens before us on New Years Day. That's always a reason to be cheerful.