Everything else is just icing on the cake.
We are traveling this Christmas, which is not my favorite thing to do. I like Christmas best when it's just the three of us, at home, opening our presents and eating bagels in our pajamas until it's time for lunch. I like when we are completely relaxed and not worrying about the comforts of guests, even when those guests are close family. I like having Thanksgiving dinner all over again for Christmas, instead of a ham or a roast. I just like the way the house feels and smells when it's warm inside and cold outside; how we all try not to draw the short straw which means getting dressed early and walking the dog; how my wife makes the coffee with cinnamon and cloves to go with our bagels and salmon and cream cheese.
No fussing, no trying too hard to show the company a good time, just coming downstairs on Christmas to a lit tree and full stockings.