Ah, Christmas. It's that time of year again. A time filled for family, Christmas lights, sugar cookies, and snowmen. It's also a time for shoveling snow, buying unnecessary gifts, and drinking too much eggnog. Whether it be good or bad, there are many traditions attached to Christmas, some in which can bring a merry Christmas, while others can leave a person saying "BA HUM BUG!"

Christmas Dos and Don'ts:

DO

decorate. Nothing spells Christmas more than a house filled with lights, and a pretty Christmas tree in the window.

DON'T

recreate the 4th of July starring Santa Claus. Every neighborhood has that house on the block. You know, the one who gets so carried away with decorating, that you can see it's lights from the freeway.

DO

dress up. It's nice to look your best for the holidays, especially when half of your family is there to be judging.

DON'T

wear ugly Christmas sweaters! If it looks like something Grandma would wear, chances are she will be. (No offense Grandmas.) Just because it has reindeer on it, doesn't mean you should wear it. DO burn them.

DO

have Christmas spirit. Sing Christmas songs, wrap presents, make snowmen, do whatever Christmas-ishy thing you can think of. Celebrate!

DON'T

be a grinch. It's only once a year, suck it up.

DO

drink eggnog. If that's not Christmas, I don't know what is.

DON'T

carry around the mistletoe because you drank too much eggnog. Nobody likes this, and you'll just look like a fool. (Wait, that sounds like Christmas too.)

DO

sign your gifts as "Santa". Little kids will get a kick out of this one.

DON'T

put coal in their stockings. You might as well tell them Santa Claus doesn't exist.

DO

play in the snow. Who doesn't like sledding?

DON'T

make snow cones. It wasn't funny the first time.

DO

have a Merry Christmas. Or don't, if you're a Scrooge.