Sorry for slow failure to reply. As I've probably said before, I like aspects of the season, cards, letters, emails, and am fine alone, and fine with doing my own gathering thing (not lately, but I once had a vegetarian christmas thread. Or was it.. might have been vegetarian guest thanksgiving), and will be fine with seeing local pals here this year, pleased.
I've been close to a half century away from the belief extravaganza, but I like connections.
I used to revile the driving involved in leaving our own house to see two families miles away from each other, going from strange to stranger within 24 hours, with drives home in between. Gah. But also good some of the time.
So... we threw our own drop-by thing on a slump day in between christmas and new year. Sometimes these included beach walks and talks, relaxed. Usually one of us cooked, but people brought stuff. I still remember Virgine - she is Basque, wildly artistic, and besides all that a great cook. Lover of a friend. Anyway, she would bring some bottle of fruit aged in alcohol. I'd not heard of that before..