If you wonder how I, a Christian, can accept Oestrebunny's post:
There are no Christmas miracles and if Santa is coming down your chimney it's more than likely that he's not a benevolent bearded man, but in fact your drug addled pikey neighbour attempting to pilfer your presents.
And before anyone starts up, I refuse to accept 'celebrating the birth of our lord' as an answer. We all know the Romans pinched these festivities from the Pagans. I know it, you know it. Lets just all accept the fact that Jesus wasn't born with glitter in his hair or tinsel around his neck.
... then we need to look more closely at what she's saying. She's only speaking the truth here - the current orgy of consumer debt based on this time of year and the false pretence of festive cheer has no basis in history.
On the other hand, it is generally accepted that this time be the one designated as His birth [even though I don't celebrate December 25th myself - mine is January 7th]. Kids do love the tree and tinsel and it is a chance for famlies to come home and be together. It would be churlish to set that aside, to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Enjoy your festive eve and day, especially as a family and I'll now toast to you with a glass of wine. Enjoy your family - it makes me feel warm just to think of it.