I would remember leaving the Green Acres mall at about closing time on Christmas Eve, having accomplished most of my shopping, and trying to leave the parking lot. It's a big parking lot, and on a normal day it would take 5-10 minutes to drive out. Christmas Eve, it would take 90-120 minutes. It's frustrating for some people. I could tell by looking in their windows. It wasn't for me, however.
I was perfectly happy to turn on Z100's 24 hours of Christmas on the car radio, roll down the window, and inch along the lanes. I'd smile and gradually merge with the more annoyed shoppers as I enjoyed this solitary Christmas tradition. I knew what to expect from the traffic. I prepared for it ahead of time. And as a result, it didn't bother me. It was fun in its own kind of twisted way.
I suppose it's all about knowing what to expect -- plan for that traffic and relish the moments it gives you. Let the music flow, and enjoy those traditions no matter how crazy they make you look. Afterall, it's the Holidays.