I'm lucky in that my immediate family is just my mom and I. We do different things each year for TDay and Christmas, and don't really have any traditions, aside from opening our gifts on Christmas Eve. We try different things, and if they work, we keep it up, and if not, we do something else. The last few years on Christmas have been tough as my dad passed away on Christmas Day 2007.
Last year for TDay we went out. It was lovely! No worrying about cooking dinner, who's coming, etc. and neither one of us really cares much for turkey. Mom had duck and I had a steak. For Christmas it was just her and me, and it was so nice again not to have to rush around and make sure stuff was done at x time. Also, we got that major blizzard that hit the East Coast, in VA, where it rarely snows more than an inch or two. So we were cozy and relaxed.
This year, my hill to die on is that since I'm not going to my mom's for TDay, I'm staying home. Alone. Doing what I want. I alrady have multiple invites, and while my close friends get why I want to stay home, others think I'm nuts. I'm really not. I will be working both black friday and the folllowing day, all day, so I want to stay home, cook something yummy for me, and watch football in my jammies. I can't wait.