Firstly, do you do your Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving (like, this weekend), or do you wait until the malls are packed (or do you go on Christmas Eve)? Do you do anything special to shop? I've got a wierd tradition of making 3 laps around the mall. First one is for ideas of what to get for everyone, second is to get the stuff I've already decided on, and search harder for the people that are hard to get presents for (like my father... he's impossible to get stuff for, and I hate getting the "socks/tie/aftershave" gift), and third is to get the rest.
For you married folk, how do you handle Christmas with the two families? I thought, because Joey was born, that we can attract both grandparents to our house, but that doesn't look like it'll work, so it'll most likely be a christmas in cincy with the inlaws (which isn't bad, seeing as they live in town), and a few days before at my parents house.
Do you all have any special traditions before christmas? Like how we have the Italian (or is it a Roman Catholic tradition?) feast of the seven fish on Christmas Eve (which is where the Aglioli with Anchovies dish came from), which is known to my wife as "the day I stay as far away from the kitchen as humanly possible with a mask over my nose" (yes, we have to make one helping of spaghetti so my wife doesn't starve).