Mark Adams, Solvang:
Iíve never had a bad gift, and never re-gifted.
I just like waking up Christmas morning, opening presents and seeing the glow on my daughterís face.
Steve Painter, Eureka, visiting Buellton:
The worst present I ever gave was an iron that I gave to my wife as a joke ó that backfired.
Donna Painter: The worst gift was the iron.
Our favorite tradition is to have fresh crab dinner at sister Sueís with the whole family.
Azucena Aguirrem, Lompoc:
I re-gifted some really bad-smelling perfume.
Every year, we go watch a movie at the theater.
Marley Grider, Los Olivos:
I got a Harry Potter board game, and I donít like Harry Potter.
I like the white elephant, too. I exchange gifts in my dance program.
Scott Boote, Santa Ynez:
The worst gift I received was most likely an ugly sweater.
Our most valued tradition for Christmas is getting together and opening gifts one at a time and then having a nice meal.
Zdena Jiroutova, Solvang:
I bought myself a plane ticket for Christmas and flew from Los Angeles to Prague, and it took me three days to get there.
Iím going to start a new tradition; I think Iím just going to spend a day in front of the fireplace.
Chase Cathcart, Los Olivos:
I got a pair of socks once.
Having a white elephant gift exchange with my family is our tradition.
Kelly Lockwood, Santa Ynez:
The worst gift I gave was an apple.
Our best family tradition is going to my grandparents house and having dinner.
Carin DeYoung, Los Olivos:
The worst gift I received was a Lizzie McGuire board game from the Disney Channel show.
Our tradition is a gift exchange. We go to a neighborís Christmas party every year.
Joe Ramiro, Santa Maria, works in Santa Ynez:
Thereís never been a bad gift either way.
Our most cherished tradition is having Christmas Eve dinner.
James Shonka and Katie, Buellton
James: The worst present I ever received was socks from my grandma when I was a kid. The worst gift my daughter received was a five-pack of hot sauce at a gift exchange.
My favorite holiday tradition is eating tamales on Christmas Eve.
Tracy Ward, Solvang:
I canít think of a bad gift Iíve given or received.
Just seeing everyone is probably the best tradition.
Jerry Ray Mitchell, Buellton:
I donít think I have ever received anything that I didnít need.
My favorite tradition is the feast and all the holiday food that follows.
Mike and Lori Weitz, Buellton
Lori: Our family exchanges gifts for Hanukah. They are always wrapped so gorgeously, theyíre always great, even if the gift inside is raunchy. We have a family tradition of rewrapping a set of ridiculous ceramic cucumber salt-and-pepper shakers one of us received as a gift one year and giving it to an unsuspecting family member.