Both my family and my BFs family are very Catholic. And for Christmas, we go all out. On my side, not so much w/ the gifts, more with the decorations and music and such. His family...more with the gifts (and I'm more than a bit concerned about how that's going to translate into our children...)
I live a home w/ my parents, but this will be my last Christmas at home
: *sniffle* Every year, well the last 5 or so, my bf comes over Thanksgiving night w/ his truck and he and I go pick out a Christmas tree for home (mine, that is). We bring it home, and he, Mom, and I put up the tree, get the lights, garland, and angel put on it. (The rest of the decorating we do throughout the course of the weekend.) Then, he, Mom, my brother, and I play Aggravation or Monopoly and drink hot chocolate.
Of course, no Christmas is complete w/o an insane amount of baking and candy making
Christmas Eve, we have Oyster Stew and we open our gifts to/from each other, which translates into a gift each for my Mom and Dad, and my brother and I get to open two--one from the other and one from M and D.
Later, my Mom and I sing at Midnight Mass. (My bf comes w/....it's basically the only time he ever goes to church, but he says that now it just isn't Christmas if he doesn't go.) After mass, he and Mom carry in the presents from "Santa," b/c I have issues w/ carrying in my own presents. (I mean, how can they be from Santa if I have to carry them in?
Christmas morning, I start the bread baking to take to my Grandma's, then we open the presents from Santa. Later on, 10:30, Mom and I go sing for Christmas morn. mass. Then, we go to Grandma's, where we eat a lot
(We have a huge family. Mom has 12 brothers and sisters.) After lunch, the kids sing Christmas carols while Santa changes in the garage
, then Santa hands out gifts to the kids. After that, the kids open their gifts from their name-exchange. The adults do something that's kinda a home-made White Elephant exchange. Hard to explain, but a lot of fun.
I do like presents, don't get me wrong, but in my family at least, that's never really been the central point of Christmas. It's more about family.