The only thing about Christmas that is remotely Christian is the use of Jesus Christ's name. The very fact that prior to just a few hundred years ago, the birth's of people was not of much significance. With so many children not making it to puberty, families did not dwell on birthdays. However, Pagans were real big on birthdays, fertility and female counterparts to male deities.
For as little as scripture does tell us about the birth of Jesus, Christmas does not pay much attention. The timing is all wrong for what scripture tells us about the time of year that Jesus was born, yet the timing is perfect for the birth of a Pagan sun god. Gift giving was not a practice among Jews for a birthday, but it was for Pagans and had been for centuries. As years went by, more Pagan rituals were added. The tree factor from the Druids, the decorating of the tree from Germanic Pagans, all of it is Pagan.
Easter is worse. How many Christians aside from myself revere Passover as a holy day? Jesus's Last Supper was a Passover supper. Why? Because Jesus was a devout Jew and Jesus commited Himself to the holy days of Jews. Jesus was not only devotional to the Passover, Jesus became the slain lamb of the Passover. Just as the blood of the slaughtered lamb protected the Hebrews in Egypt, the blood of the slaughtered Jesus protects all of us from eternal death. So, why do Christians not keep Passover as a holy day? Jesus did. Are we not supposed to attempt to live as Jesus lived?
But no, we have Pagan feritility rites involving oversexed bunnies laying colored eggs and a festival of colors to commemorate the slain lamb having risen from the grave. Even the very name Easter honors an Egyptian goddess of fertility. The only thing missing on Easter is having all of the well dressed congregation tossing off their clothes and having an orgy.
So Glenn, if you want to justify your doing something that is just theologically wrong, knock yourself out. But don't try telling me that I am the one who is copping out here.