- dessert/cookie/family food
The less said about fruit cake the better. Several years ago, someone gave me a book titled 101 Uses for Fruitcake as a stocking stuffer; sample uses include doorstop and building material..
- beverage (seasonal beer, eggnog w/ way too much egg and not enough nog, etc...)
Someone mentioned the other day they had pumpkin beer (for Turkey Day). I got a hangover just picturing it.
- tradition (church, family, other)
It has become a tradition for shops to promote Christmas earlier each year. In time, I'm sure we'll see displays in February. Other traditions, at home or church, warm my heart.
Santa kneeling at creche. Seems maudlin and sentimental.
- gift (received or given)
None come to mind, but this does remind me of a story. A former employer hosted a Dirty Santa party. An ugly vase was the traditional gag gift. Whoever received this vase was duty-bound to recycle it the following year. Part of the challenge was wrapping it in such a way that a person couldn't tell it was the gag gift.
Almost all pop covers of carols are intolerable. Kenny G, for example, can take one of my favorite carols (O, Holy Night) and transmute it into schlock.