I was raised Roman Catholic so I had all my holidays and family gatherings and all the good memories that came with it.
Even though Christmas is commercialized as some have said, it's being around people who CARE and love you that is most important.
I am convinced that the Witnesses and their devious reasoning don't want its members to celebrate holidays not simply because of pagan origins (which is just an excuse)...but because they do not want any JW having contact with their "worldly" relatives who love them and are not judging them. The religion is afraid that if a Witness spent enough time around these relatives and non-JW friends, they might no longer want to be a Witness!
This was one of my earlier rude awakenings one Thanksgiving holiday long ago: the Witnesses simply wanted to separate me from my non-JW family and relatives. They didn't give a shit if I was staring at four walls by myself. All they cared about was that I was not with my own family.
What the hell was I isolating myself for?? The f#cking JWs were not around. I could have been with my family enjoying a great meal with good company instead of being by myself needlessly like some nut in the hills fighting a private war.
The Witness religion is worthless and I'm glad it's behind me.
I made sure when I walked away from the JW religion that I celebrated holidays with a vengeance. I reestablished contact with relatives I hadn't seen in years...This was PRICELESS and I am so grateful it was not too late!