The decorations are starting to come up, with lights being strung and Christmas trees being set up.
Shoppers are hitting the streets, heading to businesses and purchasing gifts for Christmas. Food is being bought for Dec. 25 and families are sharing lists of possible gifts.
The Brazil Times asked its readers what their favorite part of the holiday season was in its recent online poll. More than 200 readers responded.
There were six answers to chose from on the poll, including:
* Spending time with family,
* Giving and receiving gifts,
* Lounging as much as possible,
* Decorating around the home,
* The food, and
* Remembering the purpose of the season.
Of the six answers, spending time with family was the overwhelming choice of Brazil Times' readers.
A total of 104 readers (46.4 percent) said spending time with family was their favorite part of the season.
The second most popular choice was remembering the purpose of the season, as 70 readers (31.3 percent) said that was their favorite part of the season.
Lounging as much as possible came in third with a total of 20 votes (8.9 percent), while decorating around the home was fourth with 17 votes (7.6 percent).
Of the 224 readers who took part in the online poll question, seven (3.1 percent) said the food was their favorite part of the holiday season while six (2.7 percent) said giving and receiving gifts was the top choice.
There were a handful of comments regarding the poll. One reader had a hard time deciding what their favorite part of the season was, stating "I like spending time with family, giving gifts, lounging and decorating … it is hard to pinpoint just one thing."
Another reader said, "Spending time and having a good time with my family and boyfriend."
The Times' current poll revolves around the political atmosphere. The Brazil Times is asking its readers "Which Republican candidate are you following most in the 2008 presidential campaign?"
The choices for the question are Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, Fred Thompson or none of them.