• Corey

    –The homemade stuff I boil on the stove that smells like Christmas time
    –My daughter’s excitement (this is most likely her last Santa year)
    –Some Christmas songs, when I want to hear them. Not forced upon me!
    –Seeing the lights
    –Shopping for good gifts when I know what I want to buy
    –Smell of our tree

    –The radio station I have to listen to at work that plays non-stop horrible Christmas music
    –Shopping for crap people don’t want or appreciate
    –The frenzy that goes along with it all
    –The extra traffic (where do these people come from)
    –Cliche, but putting the MFing lights on the tree
    –Putting away all the decorations after Christmas

  • Jeca51601

    “Because Santa died for our sins.”

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha :-) )))))))))))!!!!

    Do you mind if I use this when somebody asks me “How can you celebrate and be an atheist at the same time?”

    It is “brilliant!” as Jeremy would say :) !


  • honeydunce

    like: getting christmas break off work(a perk of working at a university)

    -seeing my niece opening presents, witnessing the magic that it still is for her.

    - christmas cookies. because they are delicious


    - the way people act and/or treat each other around this time of year. everyone is in a rush, or grumpy, or taking their problems out on others, cutting in line, yelling at customer service individuals, etc. sometimes the “christmas spirit” turns out to be a lot less fluffy and a lot more rude than the classic tv shows let us believe.

    -it’s a personal thing, but i don’t have the greatest memories in relation to xmas, especially looking back on my childhood. sometimes the stuff comes back to bug me a bit.

  • cipsi

    Given that I’m Jewish my favorite things about Christmas are Chinese food and sleeping in (sometimes in that order).

  • poopinginpeace

    Favorite things:

    my kids being so excited
    Christmas dinner
    Christmas eve dinner(I make a big homemade ravioli dinner)
    putting up all our decorations
    the Yankee Candle -Home for the holidays-smells so good
    fires in the fireplace
    Christmas trees
    homemade Christmas cookies

    Least favorite things:

    The stress from making all the Christmas cookies, ravioli, putting up the decorations and buying Christmas presents. I need some serious Xanax this time of year. Also, and I know all of you people living in the cold climates are going to hate me when I say this but, I don’t like when it’s 75 on Christmas day. I live in Los Angeles, but am from the East Coast. It’t Christmas-it’s the one day I WANT the cold.
    I also hate wrapping presents, so I will bring mine to your house Heather, and chip in for the pizza.

  • debbasd

    LOVE: – Elf, The Grinch (old one and new one), and Home Alone

    -Rugelach, especially because no one else in the house likes it…and Spritz

    -Egg NOG, oh Egg Nog

    -The anticipation of my kids…they’re bouncing from T-Day on.

    -Having Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve so I can stay in my jammies all day on Christmas Day

    DON’T LOVE – wrapping…one particular Christmas Eve when we were up until almost 3 am doing it cinched that for me forever.

    -being the one to buy EVERYTHING and trying to keep track of receipts

    -Figuring out the Christmas picture and how to make 4 kids ranging from 19 to 6 and husband happy and in one place at the same time

    -when it’s hot on Christmas (live in San Diego)


  • carepackagegirl

    Thanks for the Christmas spirit!
    I missed mine last year.
    Where should I send the cookies, jam, brownies, quick breads, and pies?

    That’s my favorite part- baking for 100 in a kitchen the size of your closet and wrapping everything up all pretty.
    And watching Elf, White Christmas, The Year without a Santa Claus (Heat Miser!) and Muppets (Emmet Otter and Muppet Family Christmas) while making paper snowflakes.

    No, I’m not seven, but I get to act like it around the holidays.
    Maybe that’s my favorite part.

  • tinacolada97

    My husband and I are professional musicians. That means we like Christmas music because we get paid to play it….

    I used to like it. Now it’s just a chore because I associate it with WORK.

    But I’ll wrap presents for pizza! Count me in!

  • tinacolada97

    Oh yeah. And least favorite things?

    #1: driving around to all my husband’s family gatherings EVERY EFFING YEAR because his parents divorced and no one gets along so we have to drive a hundred miles (literally) to see everyone….

    After kid #2 I’m putting my foot down.. if they want to see us they can %^$%#%#$ drive the 200 miles down here.

  • apostate

    I CAN’T STAND IT when people act like I shouldn’t celebrate Christmas anymore now that I’m an apostate atheist. Maybe this could become your new Christmas music.


    I really love family time and family meals but I hate how my MIL (who has hoarding tendencies) goes nuts on dollar store “stocking stuffers” for my children. Every night of December 25 we arrive home with boxes upon boxes of “gifts” and they get scattered around the house and I feel too guilty to just throw everything out or give it to DI. It’s suffocating. So I start dreading Christmas in August each year just because of MIL’s inability to get us each one moderately priced gift instead of craploads upon craploads of cheap toys. She really enjoys shopping and picking things up but it’s really about her enjoyment mor than anything. There I said it. I’m a bitch.

  • Chloe

    Love: the eggnog we used to make and drink when I worked at a winery whose name began with M and ended with avi. This stuff was a family recipe, full of rum and bourbon and eggs and whipped cream and then aged in huge demi-johns for a few days before it was consumed at the Christmas party with more rum and bourbon drizzled on top. One year there was enough for me to take a bottle of it home whereupon my mother commandeered it and my children referred to it as “Grandma’s milk”.

    Love: Any South Park Christmas episode – Mr. Hanky anyone?

    Hate: Pah-rum-ah-pum-pum. Can handle any other Christmas carol except that

    Hate: It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve only seen it 1x and my life turned to sh!t for the ensuing five years. My life is great now and I refuse to jinx it.

  • sybann

    I EFFING HATE Christmas music! Given that the first seventeen years of my RADIO career I spent working the day of and playing that shite over and over it’s no wonder.

    I do like the traditional churchy stuff or Bruce Cockburn’s versions – but I swear if I meet Springsteen I will punch him in the face for his version of “Santa Claus is coming to Town.”

  • Lex Lemon

    I have come to think of the modern Christmas as a more American holiday than a religious one. I grew up with a Jewish mom and a lapsed Catholic dad, so I got to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. We never went to any sort of church or temple service, I was pretty much brought up with as little religious connotation to the holidays as is possible.
    I celebrate Christmas now as a chance to let everyone I know how much I appreciate them with fun gifts, lots of cookies and holiday cards for all. I really enjoy decorating trees, hunting for unique ornaments and eating cookies. I do believe that Christmas music is best saved for childrens’ holiday concerts though.

  • REBottoni

    Re the wrapping – two words – Gift Bags
    If I buy the ones with tags I use a post-it on the tag so the bag is a gift too!

  • waitimaprincess

    The wrapping! The wrapping is one of my favorite parts. I wrap on Christmas Eve as well. With tequila. After midnight. Who gives a fuck about crookedness; they’re gonna tear it off anyway. I love the smell of a live tree in the house, the feel of the wood-burning, hell for the environment fireplace on my feet. Tequila. Nat King Cole anywhere — store, car, house, not my husband’s mouth b/c he can’t sing! What I dislike? Christmas commercials before Halloween. Adults expecting gifts (buy that shit for yourself. I have procreated way more than I should have, so all my pennies go to them). Ungrateful family kids who aren’t tactful enough to not show disappointment that yes, that actually was the last gift for you. Make that face again I’ll snatch that shit back.

    (Here is where I reread what I wrote and realize that Christmas makes me evil. I kinda like it).

  • Big Mo

    I’ll be negative first. I hate the fact that we’re already talking about Christmas and Halloween hasn’t even frickin’ passed yet. Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday (all of the love, food and family togetherness without the accumulation of crap or stress about what kind of crap to give people who have all the crap they need and want), and it pisses me off that it’s turning into Christmas Part One.

    My favorite thing is novelty/comedy Christmas songs. Not the same recycled carols you hear every year, but stuff that puts a different spin or makes it funny. Top of the list: Stan Freberg’s “Nuttin’ For Christmas.”

  • Aprilisin

    Love Christmas music!! You just don’t like it because you never danced ’round to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlyojhBs_24

    I used to swing my sisters around to this and now I swing my son around…

    And don’t forget John Denver’s “Please Daddy don’t get drunk this Christmas” It’s a little embarrassing to hear the kid belt this out though…no, really, he doesn’t mean us.

    As for wrapping…I don’t even try to compete with the little Christmas wrapping queen…throw it in a bag, let my son wrap it any way he can, but the best is trying to disguise the gift in some weird shaped vessel.

    Dislike: the extra pounds that come with the holidays no matter what. I gain in relation to how many pounds of butter I purchase during the holiday.

    Dislike: trying to find perfect gifts..I suck.

    Dislike: having to travel on the holiday and staying at other people’s houses when I’d rather be home curled up on my own couch.

    Ok, breath, there’s no way to stop the calendar…it’s coming anyway!

  • utahbeach

    - Keeping my ear open all year long for gift ideas for my sons and wife and purchasing throughout the year to avoid the Christmas rush.
    - Making the kids wait at the top of the stairs while we turn on the tree lights and Christmas music. Its torture for them, but the way it builds their excitement is so fun.
    - Bloody Marys on Christmas morning
    - Bisquick, sausage and cheese balls. The picture in this recipe makes me salivate: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/sausage-cheese-balls/6a2a7890-c685-4991-b699-743fd880486f
    - Taking the week BEFORE Christmas off to have the house to myself while my sons are still in school and my wife is at work.
    - In aforementioned week, taking my time wrapping presents all while blaring Rob Zombie.
    - Working the week of Christmas when the commuter trains are empty and the workload is very light.
    - Having my own childhood Christmas memories flood back when I hear Bing Crosby sing or when I read The Night Before Christmas to my sons like my dad used to to my sister and me as one of the last things before we went to bed.

    - The Christmas Present Lottery my wife’s side of the family does where you pull a name of a brother- or sister-in-law out of a hat that you need to buy a present for. It’s a waste of money, as there is nothing they need or want.
    - Spending the majority of our recent Christmases at my brother- and sister-in-law’s home, which is drafty and cold.
    - The flotsam and jetsam left after the toys are unwrapped. Seems just one or two plastic wrapping pieces fills my recyling bin. So, spending Christmas away from home could be considered a benefit for this fact.
    - Putting away the pile of Christams gifts.
    - Living in Boston while my parents and sister live back in Virginia.

  • HeySweetie

    LOVE: Rockefeller Center. “Scrooge” the musical. That I listen to “Feliz Navidad” year-long is excusable for a month. Listening to the New Kids on the Block Christmas album (tradition). My boyfriend’s family who are super festive and have a big ass party. (I have a small family – 3 people.) Those years when I actually buy good presents. Looking back on great Christmases from my childhood. Looking forward to having children of my own and bringing back Santa. I’ve missed you, dude!

    HATE: WRAPPING. Those years where I buy crappy presents, with $30 Extra Speedy Shipping because I forgot to shop until December 22nd. My boyfriend’s obligatory visit to my parents’ house which is always awkward. The fact that when I turned 18 my mom happily said “Christmas is for children” and won’t decorate or celebrate anymore. Although on the plus side, she just writes me a check for a present.

  • Daisee

    I would have to say that favorite would be reflecting on last year: Christmas 2010; all my girls were home & healthy; it was so incredibly special and significant; decorating the house, baking with everyone – wonderful!

    The incredible generosity of “angels” in the community: you know who you are! Back in December 2009 my daughter was very ill; we spent Christmas in a hospital room and had a festive occasion with Chinese Food for dinner! We basically lived at the Ronald McDonald house for the month of December then & I will never forget how the community, hospital staff, RMDH staff made it so incredibly special for my daughter – it is something I will never forget as being away from home was tough enough, the generosity of so many to make it bearable for us was astounding. It has made me yearn to go back & help out/give back especially during the Christmas season.

    I love the smells; real trees, clove stuck oranges, cinnamon, again: baking…
    White lights everywhere

    I also agree with many about the pushyness & crowds in stores, I avoid it at all costs.
    People at work that are typically nasty all year long all of a sudden get so nice & sicky sweet then change back after the holidays. Just be nice all the time peoples!

  • Chez Sanderosa

    I actually love almost everything about the holidays and especially Christmas! The food, camraderie, cheer, music, good spirt… However, my husband and I moved several states away from his side of the family and our friends , so when we visit during the holidays, we spend a good amount of time in the car going from one family to another. I REALLY dislike that part. I’m also horrible at picking gifts, so while I really like giving gifts, there’s a lot of ridiculous stress in finding the right thing at the right price. And last, but not least, due to timing and circumstances last year and this year, we haven’t been able to afford gifts for anyone. That part sucks way more than the stress of finding the perfect gift.

  • CourtneySue

    I LOVE Christmas music. I feel sad when January 1st rolls around and I finally give it up.

    I hate taking down the tree and the decorations.

    As for wrapping gifts, I find those paper gift bags stuffed with tissue paper a perfect alternative to wrapping. The majority of my gifts from my parents when I was a kid were “from Santa” because those came unwrapped.

    This will be my first Christmas as a parent, and I am very excited, even though he’ll only be 11 months old and won’t remember any of it.

  • Zerojet

    I feel like we should start a Gift Wrapping Anonymous for all the happy gift wrappers, I being one as well. I can put martha stewart to shame thanks to my mom.

    ♥ the smell of fresh cut pine
    ♥ baking a room full of cookies for gifting
    ♥ the neighbor down the street that has an old ass Winnebago in the driveway and decorates like it’s the Griswold house
    ♥ the fact that at 34 my mom still sends me a Christmas stocking
    ♥ Christmas crackers with the paper crowns in them
    ♥ Christmas movies/music from the 1930s-50s
    ♥ snow days where I work in my pjs from home
    ♥ decorating and dinner parties, this year I want to do a turn of the century xmas theme

    ♥ Stores getting all holiday decorated in September
    ♥ The movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’… really. It’s depressing and I live in Seattle. Nuff said.
    ♥ Holiday radio, complete with sappy stories.
    ♥ Knowing that my grandmother may not be around for next Christmas and that I’m not going home this year. :(

  • Lonestar1177

    When I was a child my mother would play Christmas music starting the day after Thanksgiving – it has made me loath Christmas music of all types! That and the fact that no matter how many times you remake any Christmas song its still the same annoying song!

  • slappyintheface

    I am so mailing you the James Taylor Christmas CD and it will be wrapped in pretty paper with multiple bows and oh yes … there will be glitter inside !!!

  • Wombat Central


    -Christmas cookies
    -”All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey (don’t judge!)
    -Watching my kids open gifts
    -The smell of pine (now in exciting candle form since we’ve moved to a fake tree)
    -Sparkly trees and lights lining the streets


    -Rabid consumerism
    -Buying *something* for people who need NOTHING
    -The bills that follow (oy!)
    -Seeing Christmas stuff in stores before Halloween
    -I’m with Heather on the music–less is more. For an entire month (or more) before Christmas? Not so much.

  • NicoleC

    Love: Strong eggnog.
    Hate: The morning after strong eggnog.

  • dianemaggipintovoiceover

    l o a t h e
    the ads i produce for radio and tv with copy that says “for all your holiday needs”

    l o v e
    that jews celebrate with chinese food and sleeping in

    but worst of all? those christmas in july sales

  • jaclyngelb

    I’m Jewish. My least favorite thing is watching ya’ll go increasingly boingo as the hallowed day approaches. My favorite thing is going to Park City to ski, because everything is decorated so beautifully and we snuggle up in our condo and watch the snow. And everyone is so extra kind and happy on Christmas Eve and Day.

  • blondebomber

    I am pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this list. I recently did something similar, by compiling a list of 100 things I am thankful for . On my list, I mentioned the importance of remembering my favorite things, especially in times of frustration or sadness. It’s a really great tool for putting things in perspective, plus it sets us up to be grateful for all that we have. Thank you for sharing this with me.

  • Missybeme

    - Enjoying the time with family on Christmas/Eve
    - Baking all the christmas cookies with “the girls” in our “Sweat Shop”
    -Seeing all the decorations.

    -Wrapping presents (my mom loves it and does all the bows, mine are lucky if they get a peel and stick bow on them!)
    - Dealing with the crowds shopping. I know I can shop for stuff online, but sometimes you just have to go to the store for something.
    - I hate decorating my own house, seems like such a hassel to put it all up and take it all down. I didn’t do squat last year except for a string of lights in the window and a flag outside so I didn’t look like a complete scrooge.

  • jearbear

    You don’t have to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas. Really, the whole presents & Christmas tree thing has nothing to do with Jesus anyway!

    Since pizza is my favorite food in the world and I love wrapping presents, I’ll be at your house Christmas Eve!

    I also hate trying to figure out what to buy people. I want to buy them presents, but some people are so difficult to buy for. My in-laws are like that. I spend so much time & energy trying to figure out what they’ll like, but then they never tell me if they got it or liked it, or what! (we live in a different town). And my husband’s nieces and nephews never send thank you notes or even text or call to say they got our presents, so a couple of years ago I just gave up after 9 years of trying so hard. I feel a lot better about christmas now!! Oh, and I don’t feel like my mother in law ever spent as much time worrying about if I would like a present…she would always buy me something red, when blue is my fave color and I’m a red head who doesn’t wear much red!

    Christmas stopped being exciting a long time ago once I became an adult, but I’m excited this year because my daughter turns 2 on Dec 3 and I think she will be happy about her birthday and Christmas presents!

    Can’t wait to see pics of Marlo & Leta from Christmas!

  • ladygray

    I’ll take all your Christmas carols off your hands, ’cause they are my freaking favorite part. My husband is bemused by my habit of waking up and turning XM radio to one of their 5 Christmas Carol stations before even starting the coffee pot. I love ‘em, I sing along to them, I make my toddler dance to them… but I won’t listen to them until after Thanksgiving. That shit’s just rude. :)

  • Gypsy

    I am so. with. you.

    I hate all Christmas music. I also hate wrapping presents and picking them out. I love when people GET presents from me, but I hate the stress of coming up with just the right thing.

    Once, my old neighbor made me his own Christmas CD mix, called Cryin’ Christmas. It was meant to assuage my Christmas music hating pain. And while it is funny, it is still Christmas music, and I still hate it.

    Also, I hate Christmas travel and the stress of which parent gets to see us when. And I hate, most of all, knowing how lonely my husband’s mother is on the years we don’t get to see her on Christmas day.

  • euriphides

    I may have missed this in another comment, but if you put clear tape over the speakers on toys that make loud noises without and option for volume control, it reduces said noises tremendously – and most small children never realize the tape is there. :D

    Hope this helps you have a more merry Christmas, no matter what your folks get for your kids.

  • grad.nauseam

    I love wrapping presents, and I like my pizza with sausage and onion :)

  • Anita Scotch

    In our family we have a tradition of going to my mother in law’s house on Christmas eve with the other childless siblings and do a puzzle, play games and eat junk food all night long.

    The best though, is the omelet’s on Christimas morning. :)

    Also, I do actually enjoy wrapping presents. What time should I be there?

  • dooce

    Since I usually put off wrapping until Christmas Eve, it looks like you guys will be spending the holiday with me!

  • Daddy Scratches

    Favorite Things
    - Christmas lights
    - Christmas trees
    - My children’s anticipation during the season, and excitement over all of the stuff they got, which they think is free, because Santa brings it. BWAHAHAHAH! So cute. Sort of.

    Least Favorite Things
    - Snow
    - Ice
    - Cold
    - Did I say snow?
    - Paying for all of Santa’s “free” gifts.

    Also: I can handle winter through the holidays. I like it as a backdrop. But I’d be happy as a clam if Dr. Conrad Murray propofoled my ass from January 2nd until about June 1st.

  • jen.yaya

    As a recovering perfectionist, I attempt to steer clear of wrapping presents around the holidays. But I’d still totally wrap 8 gillion presents for you if I lived in Utah, because it’s my crack.

    But I’m with ya on Christmas music. It’s the devil.

  • mommica

    Love: The glow of the Christmas tree, snow (as long as I’m inside, looking out), hanging the stocking by the window sill with care, kids opening presents, special Christmas jammies, strawberry pancakes, a house full of people and food. Hate: Wrapping presents at 1 a.m., Christmas music EVERYWHERE starting Nov. 1, snow (when I’m on the outside, wishing I was in), hearing my husband complain about how much the damn Christmas tree costs, drawing names for Christmas gift purchasing. I used to be in charge of that for my side of the family. This year, I relinquished my duties. Heck yes I did.

  • lcarilo

    Favorite thing… living 1500+ miles from in-laws and missing their holiday extravaganza of a houseful of obnoxious people on Christmas (attendance expected of their spawn & grandchildren; refuse and you are considered the anti-Christ… Yup, that’s me.)

    Least Favorite… living 1500+ miles from mom and missing a lovely, serene Christmas in company of people who adore you and who you love being around, doing nothing special really, except it’s Christmas.

    Both parties mentioned are within walking distance.

  • ellapritch

    Singing “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” at the top of my lungs
    Christmas morning cinnamon rolls
    Pumpkin Spice Lattes

    Buying presents for fringe family members out of obligation
    The “Christmas Shoes” song (i’d rather stick a boiling hot rod in my ears, thank you very much)

  • KatR

    I think we need an entire post dedicated to “The Christmas Shoes”, hatred of.

  • i.delia

    I grew up in upstate NY and Christmas never varied. Breakfast with one set of grandparents, lunch with the other, and dinner with the same family friends. Every year was pleasant, but without surprise (except for the presents, of course!)

    When I left NY after college I moved to Tucson where Christmas was white lights around through saguaro cactus and watching snow fall on the mountains while swimming in the pool.

    The last 15 years have been spent moving with the Marine Corps. We have celebrated Christmas all over the country, sometimes playing beach volleyball with neighbors in southern California, sometimes quietly at home in North Carolina.

    Due to all the moves, I rarely spent Christmas at the same address more than once and each year is a new experience of decorating. Nothing has a set place, but everything has a home.

  • joansy

    peppermint cocoa,
    peppermint chocolate bark
    peppermint schnapps

    making and then burning a yule log – with just my husband and 2 kids

    sending the kids to the Four Seasons to make gingerbread houses (the houses are great, no mess in my house, and the entry fee goes to charity)

    winter break from school for the kids

    buying crap we don’t need

    dealing with my husband, the photographer, as he sets up lights and backdrop for the annual photo card

    dealing with my kids as the pose for the annual photo card

    the guilt trip from my mom on the years that we don’t drive from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

    buying trinkets for people at work that they do not need or want

    people who get offended at “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” – no one every says “Festive Winter Solstice” to me and I don’t get bent out of shape.

    There’s more. That’s enough. I can’t believe it’s only 2 months away. Ugh.

  • ChickWhitt

    There isn’t much about the season that gets me down. Even when it is sucky, the idea of Christmas makes my belly all warm like I just did shots, and I feel like the world is good, people are good, and we just all love each other.

    My favorite time is turning on our fake fireplace, turning off the lights, and listening to Christmas music in the living room while the tree glows, and just enjoying that moment.

    I try my best to not make it stressful, because it doesn’t need to be. If I don’t make candy, if the tree doesn’t go up until the 23rd, if my presents are wrapped in Target bags, it is still a great time to hug someone and tell them you love them.

  • sylla_asylum


    Baking with my kids over several evenings (school nights!), gorging on cookie dough and wine (wine’s for me, not them… duh) while watching same annual lineup of videos like “Elf” and “The Bishop’s Wife” (Cary Grant version) and… (wait for it) shamelessly/predictably sobbing through “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  • ssburnette

    I love everything about Christmas really, making traditions with my kids and making our house look magical. What I HATE is that we can’t really afford Christmas, and it put me into credit card debt for the first time last year. I try to keep it simple but legos aren’t cheap!!

  • JulieK

    Favorite Things
    -Peppermint Bark
    -Wrapping presents, yes wrapping presents. I love the whole process, from finding the perfect paper and ribbon to hiding in my sister’s bedroom on Christmas Eve to wrap gifts while we drink hot chocolate and watch movies.
    -Exchanging gifts with my husband. We don’t have much money right now so it takes a lot of thought and creativity to save money and find the perfect gift.

    Least Favorite Things
    -Obligation to do anything because it’s Christmas.
    -Not having money to buy gifts.
    -Missing out on holiday fun because of school. I really don’t get the time to enjoy the holidays until the semester ends.
    -When the Southern California weather makes it feel like Christmas in July.