To a practicing Christian, especially on the more Catholic end of the spectrum, Christmas as it is now celebrated doesn’t look very religious; it celebrates human greed and anxiety rather than divine and human generosity, and frantically tries to drive away the silence and darkness that are Nature’s gifts this time of year.
To a non-Christian person, however, Christmas doesn’t look very secular; Jews, Muslims, atheists don’t feel the tree, the lights, and the secular songs belong to them any more than the Christ Child, the shepherds, or the wise men. To make it worse, fundamentalist Christians insist that Christmas is under attack, that evil pagans or secularists are trying to wipe away the Christian nature of the holiday, a contention which seems self-evidently wrong to a non-Christian.
Peace on earth? good will to men? I will be praying for it.