I'm there, like a neutral feeling about the whole thing. But it's sort of similar to other games the world plays together, like daylight saving time. Well I mean, with dst we don't have a choice; but I'm talking about how an agreement is made to pretend it's 1 o'clock when it's really noon. With Christmas we agree that "it's that time of year again," - time to pretend a bunch of stuff, time to play a big game.
I feel the same about the Renaissance festival every spring, time to pretend with a bunch of strangers that we're in a different century. If we wear costumes then we're indicating how much we really want to play, and that's sort of a gift to the other attendees.
Since leaving the criminal wt mind control cult we have jumped into Christmas for the grandkid, but also because we have the freedom to be like worldly people, and really I want to be a worldly person. This is my world, I'm not an alien residing in a strange land anymore, LOL.
So we give a little energy, as we can't spare much, and put a little money towards tokens of our esteem, and help the economy along a bit. Also donate to toy drives a small bit, to help kids have fun which makes Christmas more real.
The story of my childhood Christmases is not happy at all. My father took my brother and me away from our mother at young ages. His idea of a Christmas present was a bar of chocolate (Here ya go). So between that assho!e and the JW, Christmas became hugely painful to dread every year. I'm happy to be grown up now and free to decide about it all for myself.
Hey dear Punk, I would love another rock n roll video for Christmas!