Neowin wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a chance to win a free subscription! [UPDATE with winner]

We'd like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. And a Happy Hanukkah. And a Happy Kwanzaa. And for those that we missed, we want to wish you a Happy Festivus - a holiday for the rest of us.

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How do you win? Just leave a comment below telling us about some sort of holiday tradition that you partake in, and we'll pick a winner at random sometime after Christmas is over.

Have a safe and happy holiday, and thank you for reading and participating at Neowin!

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And for those that we missed, we want to wish you a Happy Festivus - a holiday for the rest of us.
No, it's not. I don't celebrate anything.

Damn, am late to the party. Oh well...

Every Christmas Eve I DJ at the same place for the last 5 years - tradition that pays well. Night before I go out armed with soup and plastic mugs for homeless peeps - it makes me feel lovely doing that.

It's always been a tradition to find crazy ways of wrapping up gifts so you can't tell what they are and they take a considerable amount of time to open.

we have a rule that started with my brothers and sisters, and is now passed down to there kids, "Touch a present, loss a present" FYI it applies to all presents under the tree before xmas.

My wife and mine tradition is to open up presents while on Skype with her family. Majority of it was her, while I was reaching out to my buddies in Afghanistan wishing them the best and how I wish I could be there with them.

My family and I are moving away from celebrating Christmas since it really isn't about the birth of the Messiah and is full of pagan traditions. That said, we are moving towards celebrating the various Appointed Times as instructed in the Scriptures based on YeHoVaH's given calendar (not the man-made Rabbinic calendar). Even though Hanukkah is not commanded, even Yeshua Ha Mashiah celebrated Hanukkah (Festival/Feast of Dedication, Festival/Feast of Lights). My family plans to celebrate Hanukkah next year.

I know maybe it's not up to the times but my family is an old fashioned one and what we do in Christmas is get all together on Christmas Eve and have a big family dinner with every delicious plate that the local Christmas cuisine can offer and at midnight we go to mass and then in the morning we all come together to open the presents. We may not get much sleep but we share a great family time.

Christmas with family and friends beginning with breakfast, then games and fun. Around 2 pm we eat and afterwards we open presents, eat some more and finally dessert. At about 7 pm we clean up, pack up our gifts and any leftover goodies and finally go home! Whew! lol

I'm a muslim but my family is half catholic from my dad's side so we go to my grandfather's house where my father's siblings and my cousins get to gather and just socialize and then we eat.

Merry Christmas to everyone on neowin. Hope you had / are having a winner. Best wishes,
rancid
P. S. Xmas tradition is out for dinner with the fam then a chilled evening at home :-).

Well, I went over to my Aunt and Uncle's house today, and opened presents. I got a Nexus 7 and a tool kit with MAGNETIC screw drivers (woot! I can finally install mobos without frustration!!!!). At about 5-6 tonight we're going to pig out. Merry Christmas, everybody!

I am a believing Muslim and we celebrate Eid. Too bad Eid is not during the holiday season this year; however, because Islamic calendar is a lunar based one, in several years, we will have Eid in the holiday season.

I'll be perfectly honest, I had no idea that the Islamic Calendar was lunar-based. I'm going to have to go and look up more about that, thanks for the information!

Every year a female friend of mine comes over dressed as an elf and we hump. We rarely talk all year but every Christmas for the last 8 years we do that.

We usually celebrate Christmas on the 24 of December and then just sleep on the 25. We also drink a lot on that day. Merry Christmas to all

Only thing I partake in, is hanging out with family, and opening a few gifts. It's mostly about the kids around these parts. Merry Christmas everybody!!!!!!

My holiday tradition is to enter as many competitions as I can and see what I win.............................so far it hasn't worked :-)

Merry Christmas Everyone XXXXXXXX

Simbang Gabi! 9 nights before Christmas, we go to a different church for 9 nights to have mass. Then noche buena on Christmas Eve!

What Ryoken said.

Since I don't celebrate Christmas its usually one of the only days I can enjoy breakfast.

So my holiDAY is spent having breakfast with the people I love.

Merry Christmas everyone. I have invited my parents and in laws over for brunch today. Maybe it will become a tradition for my new wife and I

One of my holiday traditions is to get together with old school mates (seeing as everyone is usually free on Christmas Day) and have a game of football (soccer) in the park... whatever the weather!

I make 2 mugs of hot chocolate, turn on polar express, watch the movie with my son, but we don't drink our hot chocolate until they sing the hot chocolate song. Merry Christmas everyone!

My Christmas tradition is to spend it with family. For as far as i can remember the Christmas eve and Christmas day dinners are completely different from each other but the 2 of them have been exactly the same ever since i was a child. Great times!

Frank2029 said,
My Christmas tradition is to spend it with family. For as far as i can remember the Christmas eve and Christmas day dinners are completely different from each other but the 2 of them have been exactly the same ever since i was a child. Great times!

Congrats on winning the giveaway! We will be in touch soon.

Mine? It'd be... um... well, if the usual party was held, I'd have a great time hanging out with other people in the Christmas party. Too bad there's nothing this year.

Wish you all a happy Christmas and a happy new year. The tradition for the last 12 years is to go to the movies. This time it will be The Hobbit.... with my ex-girlfriend!

Around the 19th, me and my family make laufabrauð. It's a very old Icelandic tradition and they taste heavenly.

Merry Christmas everyone.

As my Fiancé is Polish, I follow her tradition and we celebrate Xmas on 24th and continue through to boxing day.
On the 24th we can't drink and there is no meat dishes. We have fish instead - traditionally carp! But we also get to open presents that day which is awesome!
On 25th, the booze it back on and I usually get myself a fine bottle of Islay Malt - this year, Bruichladdich ROCKS.

Then throughout the day we eat the copious amounts of food we made and drink and watch all the old movies that are on TV ('Gone with the wind' today)

This year, had all our close friends not gone home to their respective countries, we'd have invited them round or gone to theirs in the early evening.

And if I'm lucky, I'll get a chance to play on the Neowin Minecraft server

Ever since our kids were little, we wake up really early on Christmas morning, grab a muffin and some coffee, and hit the road. We travel to the homes of friends and sing carols at their front doors, invading their Christmas morning, catching them in their pajamas, dropping off home-made toffee, and sharing a whole lot of joy. It's been a lot of fun over the years, and we have made some great memories and friendships along the way.

myself and dad have a tradition to share a nice glass of 12yr single malt scotch on the rocks before xmas lunch is served and the chaos ensues

Merry Christmas guys and girls, hope you all have a lovely day! May God keep you all forever happy. I'm excited for lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. Well that's my holiday anyway.

The big celebration on our family happens on New Year's Eve. There's not much happening on Christmas apart from giving gifts.

Merry Christmas everyone!

My tradition is helping my mum cook the dinner and helping my dad to re-arrange the living room and dining room to accommodate the 17 people that we have around... lot's of fun. Bah! Humbug!

Being the good bugger that I am I'll sit at home and be merry. Then, when the missus comes home we shall both sit at home and be merry.

Gotta love christmas

I noticed that I was particularly grumpy this morning, although that is to be expected when your alarm clock wakes you. After a cup of coffee and some work done, I think I'm ready to rock on with the party!

Ha yeah, almost identical here too. I'd be ok if i just got to hang out with the missus but the in-laws always want a visit etc etc.

I've settled down a bit now i've had some breakfast, doing some work and looking forward to a roast later

I take a bathe early in the morning unlike the other normal days, would keep up a smile on my face, and i won't scold anyone on a festive day! I'm following these things for any festive since last 6months!

First we start off by going to the cemetary to light a candle or two for those family members who have left us. Then clean everything up nice and tidy, then family comes over and we have a good talk with a nice meal to it and then I'm usually off to my friends place to have a beer or two.

Coming from a large family, it gets rather...expensive buying gifts for everyone. To alleviate the costs involved, we initiated a draw for the adults. Each adult name goes into a hat and we each pick one. You only buy a present for the person who's name you've drawn. The children however do not partake. They receive gifts from all the adults. We've been doing this for 2 generations (over 30 years!).

The best part? The children get a buttload of presents every Christmas! Sadly, as an adult now, it sucks because we don't get all those presents hahaha.

We do the exact same thing! lol Really cuts down on the costs. We have been doing it for at least 15 years. Kids get so many more gifts than adults haha

I does not do anything special because I does not get holidays much and only used to get holidays in school life. So for me it is nothing but just normal days.

I'll skip the competition (if I'm right I have no choice anyway ) but a Merry Christmas to everyone on Neowin!

Our tradition is normally to have family and friends round for a meal. Sure enough we're doing that this year, although I'm going to be bouncing between unwrapping presents and working this year.