We go out and cut our own tree, usually with another family. The event's not a success until someone's rig gets stuck and has to get pulled out .
We try to focus on giving and serving others. We do Operation Shoebox, we adopt a local family for a meal and/or gifts, etc. The last few years things have been tight and we haven't been able to do as much financially, but we can always put together the basics of a meal. That's when it's good to be a prepper . Need a holiday meal for 5? Sure, let me hit the garage and I'll put that together for you!
Our town decorates the main street for the holidays with big stand up fiber optic displays, larger than life nutcrackers and snowflakes, etc. We get downtown and walk the street checking out the decorations.
We have our own little family traditions. Christmas Eve dinner is nachos. Christmas morning is usually biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs. One gift gets opened on Christmas Eve, and it's NOT pajamas. We hang stockings. I don't do much decoration besides the tree, but we did find a nice nativity set I may put up this year.
We read Bible passages about the birth of Jesus.
Sing carols and listen to Christmas music--KLOVE has a 24/7 Christmas music station going now.
We do very, very minimal gift giving. I rarely exchange gifts with friends, and don't with family. We're just not big gift givers in our family, and money is tight all around. We'd rather spend the money on gas to go see each other, and maybe go see a movie or something. Frankly, I'd rather go thrift shopping with my sister and maybe buy her something she likes but won't buy for herself than spend that same amount at Wal-mart on a duty gift she'll never really like/want/use. Plus, that way I get to go shopping with my sister, something we don't get to do often.
I do like the house to smell Christmas-y. I buy scented candles or whatever you use to scent with in pine, or apple spice. Once the tree is in, that usually takes care of the smell as our house is pretty small.