I enjoy the idea
of Christmas - long time favorite Christmas movies and decorations, the coming together of family and friends, the festive feeling in the midst of deep snow and and the feeling of being closed in, here in the far north.
LOL, but when reality hits, there is mind boggling and terrible angst of shopping and cooking to do, along with spending time with family that you cannot relate to, nor would you choose to hang out with, had you not grown up with them!
I must say, that the stories of Laura Engels Wilder far exceed the ideals of the Christmas than the Capitalistic one of today can match. Back in the day, it was about a conglomerate of spiritual beliefs, celebrated with a sense of appreciation of life. Today, it is more about commercialism and gluttony. In my mind, I would love to see it retro-act - a table top tree with candles and a few hand made ornaments, just one simple gift per person, a potluck dish contribution and lots of homespun music. Then it becomes a break in the monotony of winter and shoveling snow, and a time of celebration of life.