And no, I don't mean Christmas (though that's up there). When I was a professional journalist, my favorite time was election time -- didn't matter if it was local, state or national elections.
It meant pulling an all-nighter on election night (particularly in a presidential election) and watching emotions fly. And fly they did. Not only interviewing the politicians (both those who won and those who didn't), but talking to voters and constituents as well.
Covering the campaigns themselves was also a gift and also meant watching emotions fly.
No, it wasn't Christmas -- but to a journalist, it sure felt like it. Still fun to watch from the sidelines.