When I was young, Christmas was a Family gathering.  Note the capital F.  It was a time for the entire extended Family to consider our plans for the next business year.  We owned many businesses and there was much to plan.  There was the Opera too, and the Grand Ball, where extended cousins tested prospective marriages for a new generation of Family businesses.  There was nothing religious about it.  It was all business.  My God, how things change.