OK, amateur sociology time again:
Christmas is a celebration of:
Snow, sleighbells, reindeer, mistletoe and some guy in a red suit
none of the above
Comments welcome, of course.
...what about *all* of the above?
For me, Christmas is about giving things to people I care about - making good food for them, making them presents and cards, buying them presents, whatever. I love Christmas lights, and wrapping presents so that they look almost as cool as their contents. For that matter, I really really love giving presents in general - I'm good at it, and it's a fun challenge for me to figure out just what someone would like. Plus, my aesthetics are gratified when I can wrap presents in a way that makes some creative thing inside me zing.
Christmas is about being connected to people, and recognizing and celebrating that. It's also sorta like New Year's in the sense of renewal, but homier and more comforting in a cinnamon-smelling warm kinda way that I tend to prefer to the secular and often very alcoholic celebrations of New Year's proper.
Christmas is not a religious thing for me, but I like that it's a religious thing for other people.
The one thing I really fucking hate about Christmas, though, is Christmas music.
Hmm. That came out really well. I think I'm gonna post that to my own journal, too.
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You know, I agree with you about 95-100% on that.
I was being somewhat facetious in my poll; sometime after logging out, I realised I should probably have left the "to you" off the question and made it something like "what is the True Meaning of Xmas™". L'esprit d'escalier, I believe the French call it.