The season is upon us...the one where people who have been posting all year "Why should I give up any of my tax money so moochers, system gamers, wetbacks and their anchor babies can eat and go to the doctor" start posting their "Let's put the Christ back in Christmas" memes and messages.
I think when the government made Christmas a legal holiday, Christ was sort of taken out of the holiday. It is a day to do whatever one wants, since there is no work, other than those that work in the hotel/restaurant/public transportation, etc. fields. Naturally, there are traditions relating to family and meals, a la Norman Rockwell's famous painting.
I personally think of it as one last attempt to enjoy the current year by many people. Then with New Year's a week later, it seems to prove, in my opinion, the year could have been better, since New Year's is usually anti-climactic.
Anyway, I think the holiday should officially be recognized as a holiday to make children happy, and adults should act mature enough to realize that if they don't go to church, they have no reason to celebrate the holiday, other than making any children happy.
Then again, when the holiday got its impetus, some adults were possibly a lot less mature than today, in some respects, so that might be the dirty little secret (many adults want to enjoy Christmas as though they were still children)?
Just my opinion, since I'm only an observer. I do not celebrate it.