Hmmm...there are so many but I will start with the one that surprised me.
1. Taking my mother Christmas shopping.
Many years ago, when my DH and I started dating, he suggested that we take my mother out Christmas shopping for the day. Now, I admit, I was *not* looking forward to it. My mother is so not a Christmas person. Add to that her psychological and physical limitations and the whole thing sounded like a recipe for disaster to me but I did it, and honestly, I'm glad I did.
Our *shopping day* has evolved into an annual event. A special day for my mom, my Dh and I. We take her out shopping, help her find gifts for everyone and then we all go out to dinner together. It's her *special* day. She gets as excited about that day as I do about Christmas and her excitement carries over into the rest of the season. Suddenly, she's not such a scrooge anymore, she's found joy in the Christmas season.
2. Going to the Nutcracker ballet with my DH. We've done that every year for the past few years.
3. Christmas cooking and baking.
4. Christmas music and movies and tv specials
5. Christmas shopping
....I guess my list could go on and on and on.