I didn't dread it at all. I can't even think of one thing that I hated which has not been true for me in the past. I don't feel we skimped on gifts even though we definitely bought less, the kids had plenty and aren't so overwhelmed by new toys,
Actually the only thing that I wish I could change was to have given more homemade gifts but there's only so much time for Mindy "Last Minute" Murray to create! Last year at this time I was so overwhelmed by the holiday even though it was already over. We received WAY TOO MANY gifts that I didn't know what to do with, spent WAY TOO MUCH money on gifts, had a lot of stress about last minute shopping and preparing as well as dread that I knew this holiday would be here again before we knew it.