HA...had a conversation with my 16 yo niece this summer..we were talking about Christianity....since she is uneducated and unbelieving in Christianity (except by me)....I asked her why she celebrated CHRISTmas which she loves.....since it is Christ’s Mass....I think this year she will be really thinking about it differently. Unfortunately she’s not unusual....there is so much secularization of Christmas - it’s just a reason to PARTEEEE.
One year our extended family made a rule for Christmas that no gifts could be NEW. Gifts had to either be made or purchased (and maybe refurbished by us) from a thrift store like Salvation Army or a garage sale. The gifts were really interesting and it was so much more meaningful and thoughtful. It was our best Christmas ever. And what a nice feeling to not be trolling for parking places in packed shopping malls, wandering around like a zombie looking for “something”. Oh and it probably saved us a lot of money as well.