I'm pretty much a homebody. I really don't enjoy visiting people on the holidays any more. When I was growing up, my grandmother used to have a huge get-together every Christmas. I think I got burnt out from year after year of that. Now, I like to stay home with my small family and enjoy the day.
For me, I don't really see many people during the rest of the year any way, so I feel like to cram it all in on one day makes things too rushed and stressful for us.
We are invited to a Christmas Eve gathering, but it's hard to do everything. I like to plan a nice elegant meal on Christmas Eve, open one gift, and celebrate the evening quietly with no drama. It's hard to do that when we go among a large gathering.
I traveled once during Christmas. It was very difficult to celebrate Christmas from a hotel room. We went to friends for Christmas Eve which was fun, but afterward going back to a bland hotel room made me miss home too much.