The original rebel without a Claus, Ambrose Bierce, was not a fan of Christmas. He defined it as “a day set apart and consecrated to gluttony, drunkenness, mauldlin sentiment, gift-taking, public dullness and domestic misbehavior.” He disappeared without a trace on December 26, 1913 , so I would like to think that is a lesson for any other Scrooges out there.
Personally, I dig Christmas. Nat King Cole singing “O Holy Night”, Christmas trees, family gatherings, Christmas Mass (even though the Protestants have the best hymns), gingerbread, crackers, exchanging gifts, children laughing, goodwill to men, a bowl of smoking bishop (see Mahons a Christmas Drink Dec 23, 2011 in ATW archives) and all the other trappings of the season. I am a fan, of the symbols and the message of Christmas.
So to all the ATW community, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!