I am way behind on my shopping, too. I just ordered for my nephews today, so at least I can say I've started.
We go to the same place every year and pick out a fresh tree, but don't cut it down. We did that on Sunday. It's all up and decorated....with ornaments that my grandmother gave me every year at Christmas. My mom now does the same thing for my daughters. So the ornaments really reflect the changing styles over the years and it's fun to pull them out, check the names and dates on them, and remember when they were received.
Side note: Rocket's breeder has a tree farm where you can cut your own. I really wanted to take Rocket and the girls and do that, but it's a long drive and I've been sick with bronchitis for two weeks, so maybe next year.
I'm the baker in the family, so every year I ALWAYS make Hershey's Kiss cookies, frosted cutout cookies, and pecan tarts. Some years I add in gingerbread men, candy cane cookies and one or two others. Everywhere we go throughout the holiday season, I put together a big platter of cookies to take along.
Every other year, when we are not visiting out of town family, we host Christmas eve and we always grill a beef tenderloin for that. And I make apple and pumpkin pie. We usually have smoked whitefish pate and shrimp as an appetizer. I don't eat seafood at all, but the smoked whitefish seems to be a regional specialty around here and everyone else loves it. Keeps me from loading up on extra pre-dinner calories.
Pretty basic, but always yummy and great comfort food.