High school student
Name a holiday tradition unique to your family. For a long time, we grew our own Christmas tree. Name your best-ever Christmas gift. I finally got a pair of Adidas I'd been wanting for two years. Is Christmas with the family more relaxing or stressful? It's pretty stressful, but it's usually fun, too. Kind of in-between.
If you won the lottery, what Christmas gift would you give yourself? An MP3 player. Or maybe a car. Do you prefer the "Happy Holidays" or the "Merry Christmas" greeting? At New Life Church, the preacher says that secular people try to get Christmas away from being about Jesus and his birth. But Jesus is everywhere, and Christmas is about him.
Eugene, Ore. Herbalist's apprentice
Do you have a unique holiday tradition? I watch the sunrise and the sunset and am conscious of being loving and grateful and attuned to Earth. Name your best Christmas gift. My artist sister made me this amazing mask with a turban that you hang on the wall. And your worst-ever gift? I told my father last year I didn't want anything, but he still gave me this packet with a travel toothbrush, an extra pair of socks and a pen from his company.
If you won the lottery, what would you give yourself? I'd put it towards some land so I could live the way I believe in. What's your take on the "Happy Holidays" controversy? The greeting doesn't matter as long as you experience a heartfelt emotion saying it.
South of Colorado Springs Massage therapist
Do you have a unique holiday tradition? I spend as much of Christmas Day as I can meditating. What would you give yourself if you hit it big in the lottery? Go to India to spend time with my spiritual teacher.
What's your best possible Christmas gift? Spending Christmas with my boys. Where do you stand on the "Season's Greetings" vs. "Merry Christmas" bombshell? "Season's Greetings" shows sensitivity to the fact that not everybody is Christian. But it's just not that big a deal either way.