I love it all:
I love the fruitcake, the eggnog, the gingerbread, the multiple dinners at every organization of which I'm a part and right now, I am not going to worry about the diet.
I love the trees, the tinsel, the holly the mistletoe and the brightly wrapped gifts, and no, I do not think I am worshiping Odin if I kiss my wife beneath those poisoned berries.
I love the cheesy specials on TV and the campy songs in every store and I am well aware that they are cheesy and campy but they are wonderful.
I love that it lasts from Halloween to New Years and that Thanksgiving gets caught up in it because you'd have to have the worst kind of obsessive compulsive disorder to want “one holiday at a time.”
I like shopping for gifts for friends, family, the less fortunate and the most fortunate.
I love Santa Clause and can prove that he's real and that while he may not be the “reason for the season” he is part of the celebration.
I love the giving and receiving, and don't worry if it is too “materialistic.”
I love candle-light church services, where the wax burns the hand and I am not concerned about the fire danger.
I love pine needles on the floor and the cat in the tree and yes, it is a mess, and no, I don't care.
I love dashing through the snow, driving across the country during the worst weather of the year, the one time of year when it is the most foolish to travel and if I die on the road, I die with a carol in my heart.
I love the baby in the manger and don't care that we don't know, historically, when his birthday might have been.
I like little girls dressed up as angels and don't care that all the angels mentioned in the Bible are masculine.
I love the shepherds and the wisemen and I don't care if they weren't there on the same day, and the wise men came later, once Mary and Joseph had found a house; they're all in the barn with the little drummer boy for me and Mary is HAPPY to have some kid banging on a drum in front of her newborn.
I love Christmas and I celebrate extravagantly because the Nativity is something worth celebrating extravagantly and if you don't like it, I'll take your share, and you can go lock yourself up in your house and develop seasonal affective disorder, but don't try to foist your negativity on those of us who are having fun.