Your Favorite, and Least Favorite, Holiday Traditions

There is a good chance you are partaking in a holiday tradition or two today and tomorrow – some you enjoy, some not particularly.

More than 40 people participated in our recent survey about Christmas songs, movies and holiday traditions. Here’s the results:

• We asked, “What is your favorite Christmas song?” The answers were varied, with most of you opting to fill in your own response. “Silent Night” came in first and “O Holy Night,” came in second. A few filled-in responses included “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over).”

• We asked, “What is your least favorite Christmas song?” “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” was the top choice, with “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” coming in a close second. A few opted to fill in their own responses: “Feliz Navidad,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” and “Anything by Burl Ives.”

• We asked, “What is your favorite Christmas movie?” The top choice was the 1946 Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life with James Stewart. Not-a-very-close second went to Miracle on 34th Street, followed by A Christmas Story.

Those who filled-in responses included White Christmas, Bad Santa, and The Bishop’s Wife as their favorite holiday flicks.

• We asked, “What is your least favorite Christmas movie?” More than 20 participants chose Santa Clause Conquers the Martians. Only two opted to filled in their own answer; our favorite response was, “Almost all of them.”

• We asked for your favorite holiday traditions and received an overwhelming response. Here are just a few of the answers we received:

“Hiding the Pickle.”

“Candlelight Christmas Eve service followed by hors’ devours at home by the tree, blazing fire in the wood burning stove, wine, Christmas music softly playing. It’s just a nice quiet time to be together.”

“Going out for lunch on Christmas Eve at Red Lobster with in-laws (I actually like my in-laws).”

“Watching the original Miracle on 34th Street and the whole family singing the Sinter Klaus song with the little Dutch girl.”

“Having the kids over on Christmas morning for Egg-Cheese-Ham Strata. And of course taking a Christmas photo.”

“Eggnog and Chex Mix.”

“Candlelight service at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church on Christmas Eve – followed by my entire family getting together at my parent’s house for food and fun.”

“Having Christmas Eve alone with my husband – the same traditional meal (Italian fish stew), watching It’s A Wonderful Life, opening our presents to each other and then going to midnight mass.”

“Making sticky buns with the grandchildren.”

“Mom yelling at everyone to, “GET OUTTA THE KITCHEN!”