1. Because what we call Christmas was the Winter Solstice celebration long before it was Christmas. It celebrated the turning of the year, and, in Northern Europe, the hard freezing-over of lakes and streams, freeing people to travel (which couldn't when waterways were full of ice chunks).
2. Because Christ was born in April anyway. Roman Christians just moved it to coincide with the big Roman solstice feast because Christian kids envied the gift-giving (same reason the Jews turned Hannukkah from commemoration of mass suicide into a faux-Christmas)
3. Because however our brains may bulge, we're still pack animals and the American Christmas celebration it a time that speaks to all our inner pack animals--particularly since we're the pack animal that is most devoted to raising our young.
4. Because Christmas music can be sublime, from Messiah sing-alongs to playing beautiful CDs like Heavenly Christmas.
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