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I like what your getting at, but I think we have a ways to go as a society to celebrate the unknown ideal of Christmas. I still see too much self-sacrifice in the gift giving ritual.
When I first learned that Santa was not real, I felt guilty that my mom was spending so much on presents that she really could not afford, and that Santa was getting the credit. To this day, she still insists on giving me a gift, even though I don't celebrate it (she doesn't quite understand Objectivism, or my atheism, for that matter.) I don't mind that she wants to give me a gift, I love getting and giving gifts for birthdays, or even for no real reason other than you thought of someone.I just don't like the idea of gift giving because of a calender date. Too many in my family feel they need to go and get everyone a gift, and go broke in the process.
And working in retail just confirms my humbuggery, as I have dealt with too many customers ringing up their credit cards, frantically trying to beat the calender. And then I get to watch those same gifts come back next week as unwanted returns.
I like your ideal, Matt, I just see too much selfless giving still to accept that what we have is close to that.
Maybe next Christmas...:)