In an increasingly secular society here in the United States, Christmas has a diminishing meaning. Here in the United States stores now open on Christmas day and several banks are now offering holiday services. It is now almost endemic in our society that nothing can ever close. Americans have turned this day into a day of consumption.
"Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit. If we think on these things, there will be born in us re-newed hope and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world." - PowerSpirit3Perhaps when thinking about what we're celebrating at this time of the year its worth noting that the original celebration (before it was hijacked by Christianity) was a pagan one to mark the end of the winter and shorter nights. As this was an occasion with large amounts of eating, drinking and merrymaking we could say that the occasion is getting back to what it was originally about! Your actually celebrating a Pagan holiday, the winter Solstice, which has started yesterday, and for the next six months, the days will once again get longer.
Winter Solstice of 2012
The Great Shift 2012