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A Christmas Poll

So let's do a Christmas poll to see what you're up to this December.

Poll #2087699 Christmas2018

Which of these will you be doing this holiday season (check all that apply):

Putting up a Christmas tree
Putting up a Festivus pole
Hanging Christmas stocking(s)
Doing some Christmas baking
Doing a lot of Christmas baking
Attending a work Christmas party
Attending some other type of Christmas party
Participating in a Christmas lunch with a friend or friends that is a tradition
Participating in a Secret Santa or some similar type of Christmas gift exchange
Travelling more than 60 miles on Christmas
Travelling to another state, province or country for Christmas
Working on Christmas eve
Working on Christmas day
Another Christmas tradition not on this list (tell us what in a comment)
None of the above

Do you like Christmas music?

Yes, I love it
In small doses/only a few songs
No, it's like fingers on a chalk board for me

Which of these greetings are you most likely to give someone?

Merry Christmas
Season's greetings
Happy holidays
Happy Kwanza
Happy Hannukah
Merry Festivus
Bah humbug
None of the above
Another one not on this list (tell us what in a comment)

Do you believe that there is a "war on Christmas"?


In which mode do you do more of your Christrmas shopping?

In person in stores
It's pretty even
I don't do any Christmas shopping

Do you mail out Christmas cards?

Yes, a lot
Only a few
No, but I send e-cards
No, not at all

Compared to last year, will you spend more, less, or about the same this year on Christmas presents?

About the same

What is your favourite Christmas movie?

What is your favourite TV show Christmas episode?

What is your favourite Christmas carol?

(Cross-posted to polloftheday


( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 8th, 2018 05:45 pm (UTC)
This was a fun poll, I enjoyed replying to it :)
Dec. 8th, 2018 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and great choice for best Christmas song! I love Fairytale of New York too!
Dec. 8th, 2018 05:46 pm (UTC)
I totally misunderstood that last question....
Dec. 8th, 2018 09:24 pm (UTC)
No problem, just hit the link for Poll#2087699 and it will let you change your answers.
Dec. 8th, 2018 05:53 pm (UTC)
because of my husbands death so near to christmas last year
we have had to develop some new ways

the tree - fruitcake - cookies - remain
last year i made and sent cards only to people who needed to know
this year my production will be bigger
usually on my cards i just write
Blessings - it's what i want for people
from whom they can fill in themselves

last year on the 23rd we went with friend to a fancy restaurant
beautiful with sparkling light
and wonderful food
but expensive
we are thinking about making it a tradition
last year it was salvation
when we felt dark

we did not send gifts last year
the family did not expect any
this year i bought things from craftspeople i know

as to christmas song
i love Grandma got run over by a reindeer!

Edited at 2018-12-08 05:56 pm (UTC)
Dec. 8th, 2018 09:38 pm (UTC)
I love how you're reinvented your Christmas traditions. I also love your choice for favourite Christmas song.

Dec. 9th, 2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
Blessings and condolences to you.
Dec. 9th, 2018 05:48 pm (UTC)
thank you
Dec. 8th, 2018 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the fun poll :D
Dec. 8th, 2018 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. I loved your pick for best Christmas TV episode. I forgot all about the Bleakening. We're huge Bob's Burgers fans in this house!
Dec. 9th, 2018 02:56 am (UTC)
We have a couple of traditions.
- Usually the 3rd (but this year, its this coming weekend and the weekend of my birthday as well, grrr.....bah humbug for it this year) weekend we have a family Christmas for my mom's side of the family. Its down in the southern part of my state (I live in MN and in the central part of the state as well).
- We have a day that isn't on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day that we celebrate Christmas with my immediate family plus my sis-in-law and 2 little nieces. (This year it will be on the 23rd of this month).
Dec. 9th, 2018 06:46 pm (UTC)
Those sound like good traditions that give you a chance to keep in contact with family.
Dec. 10th, 2018 11:23 pm (UTC)
Indeed! :-)
Dec. 9th, 2018 03:32 pm (UTC)
I am not attending the work Christmas party, but I will attend the pot-luck present exchange (although I never trade a gift). I will also be participating in the Christmas cookie exchange. I don't know why I signed up--I can't even eat cookies.

This year I've been telling people "Merry Holidays". It's kind of funny to see people's expression.

There's no war on Christmas but I do resent the Christmasification of Chanukah. One person at work wished me Happy Chaukah this year and I almost cried because it was so thoughtful and because we miss people more acutely during the holidays, don't we? Tonight is the last night and I have thought every night about lighting candles but I haven't lit a single one. Maybe tonight. Also, I don't feel I judge people for saying Merry Christmas so why should they judge me that I say Happy Holidays? Especially when I'm not even Christian?

I do not send holidy cards but I have an ex-nephew who loves to receive them, and many years ago I began making and sending him a winter card in late January/early February. His mother told me he keeps all of them. He's thirty but he's really like a child, and I'm ashamed that I haven't sent one the last couple of years, but I will send him this year and I am already working on it.

The tree. I have not put up a tree since my youngest child was in high school. My ex-husband really wanted his children to celebrate Christmas and in the beginning of our marriage we agreed on a compromise that we would do a scaled-back version, and I'm happy about how it worked out and how it has shaped my grown children's perception of this holiday. My daughter and her family live with me now and she asked if she can put up a tree for her son. I'm going to try to get a birch tree to put up in the sunroom, but I will leave it up once she takes the decorations off, so I can fill it with my bird ornaments.
Dec. 9th, 2018 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you put a lot of thought into the holidays and put them in proper perspective.
Dec. 9th, 2018 05:47 pm (UTC)
i keep re-reading this poll

on thing has me very curious
you asked about a "war on christmas"
17 people said no
3 people said yes
why did 3 say yes?
what are they seeing in our culture - in the way it is
that feels war like?
what is their solution or alternative?
i really would like to hear their thoughts
Dec. 9th, 2018 06:55 pm (UTC)
I think we've all come across those people who get upset at being wished a Merry Christmas or who are angered by various traditions because they see them as commercially motivated. I don't think there is a "war on Christmas" as I've heard some media personalities claim, but there are definitely people who get upset or critical about seeing other celebrate the Christmas of their youth,
Dec. 10th, 2018 01:29 am (UTC)
the war on Christmas was really big a few years ago
a neighbor with whom we exchanged cards emailed me relentlessly about it

but my curiosity is directed particularly for the 3 who responded to your poll
they are, i assume, part of this community
i really would like to know why they personally feel there is a war
what has been their experience?
what do the find particularly disturbing?

what i remember of my neighbor's distress was that my card was not religious

Dec. 10th, 2018 11:42 am (UTC)
Traditions here are fairly straight forward:
* Christmas Eve - open gifts with Robb, then head off to our parents' place for overnight stay
* Christmas Day - spend the day with parents and any available extended family
* Boxing Day - get together with Robb, maybe do some online shopping :)
Dec. 11th, 2018 12:12 am (UTC)
Do you got to spend time with both sets of parents or just yours?
Dec. 11th, 2018 12:51 am (UTC)
We spend it with our families individually. No time/energy to do rounds
Dec. 10th, 2018 04:55 pm (UTC)
I love your polls. :)

I have 3 favorite episodes of TV: Frasier's Miracle On 3rd Or 4th Street, Supernatural's A Very Supernatural Christmas, and The Office's Christmas Party. These are all great episodes. Of course I love the things from childhood as well, Charlie Brown and Sesame Street, etc.

Edit: Also, this is the first year we've put up a tree and lights on the house since being married 4 years ago. It feels really nice.

Edit2: I also misunderstood the last question; I guess my favorite carol would probably be We Three Kings, I've just always loved it.

Edited at 2018-12-10 05:11 pm (UTC)
Dec. 11th, 2018 12:11 am (UTC)
Those are all excellent choices for Christmas TV episodes. I had forgotten about them. Thank you!
Dec. 11th, 2018 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'll usually say as a holiday greeting what somebody says to me first. I don't think I usually wish people anything in particular before they say something similar.
Dec. 13th, 2018 05:21 am (UTC)
Regardless of what people say, I usually bring it back to Christmas, not because I want to be insensitive, but just because that's how my upbringing conditioned me.
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