Christmas, a time for gingerbread houses and holiday cheer, is my favorite time of the year [POW 1. APPOSITIVE SET OFF BY COMMAS]. Since my birthday is December 21st (the first day of winter), December has always been a special time for celebration – and for peppermint mochas [POWS 2 & 8. APPOSITIVE SET OFF BY PARENTHESIS & DASH TO EMPHASIZE THE LAST ELEMENT OF A SENTENCE]. Having lived in a Victorian house, the age and history of it always helped to create such a unique atmosphere during the holidays [POW 6. PAST PARTICIPIAL PHRASE]. The Christmas tree, green and massive, always reached the top of our twelve foot high ceiling [POW 7. ADJECTIVES OUT-OF-ORDER]. Placing the ornaments on tree, I began to see how beautiful simplicity could be [POW 5. PRESENT PARTICIPIAL PHRASE]. The red glimmer – the Christmas lights – always created a holiday cheer [POW 3. APPOSITIVE SET OFF BY DASHES].
There was always a specific part of Christmas which was my favorite: running down the stairs Christmas morning [POW 4. APPOSITIVES SET OFF BY A COLON]. Then, I would have to wait for my mom to wake up rather than opening the gifts before she was awake [POW 10. THEN AND THAN].
What kid doesn't love running down the stairs Christmas morning and opening presents? [POW 9. RHETORICAL QUESTION].