I can almost understand how people might justify their bad behavior in preparation for a coming day that will negate it (except for the families, and there are plenty of them, who get together only to end up drinking and fighting amongst themselves and later, in the spirit of the season, apologizing to each other in a maudlin mood just short of a drunken stupor), but I absolutely cannot tolerate the banality of the standard Christmas imagery that further negates the true spirit of Christmas (Christ's real message, which everyone seems to have forgotten all about, if they ever really knew it in the first place), the Santa Clauses and their eerie elves and flying reindeer, oh, and don't forget the Mrs. Clauses--and the candy canes (that's just what people need, more sugar); all the bad art of the superficial mythos of a modern Christmas, the undisguised and unapologetic commercialism that yet implies that if you do not participate, not only will you be a Scrooge, but you'll be an unpatriotic American capitalist as well.
It's all a shitload of anti-artistic claptrap, and I avoid the entire season with its low light levels, its frozen moisture, and its deficit of temperate climate as much as I possibly can. I think we'd be far better off having Christmas in July, when the weather would support the intent of the holiday instead of detracting from it. I know the whole purpose of celebrating the event in December (I'm conveniently ignoring herein the southern climes where the holiday was exported to) is to combat the deficits of winter; but I don't care. Christmas in July seems like so much of a better idea to me. And, as long as I'm proposing changing it, we might as well pass a law that bans its commercial exploitation. I don't know how that would work, but I think it's a great idea. Go ahead and call me a communist if you must, but Christmas and capitalism just don't jibe. They're polar opposites; unless, of course, you're thinking of the more modern form of fundamentalist Christianity, which is not Christianity at all, but some bastardization. Remember those warnings about false Christs? Merry fucking Christmas