I’m conservative and Christian and I get very upset when conservatives start making an issue of the supposed war on Christmas. I think that energy could be better used on other issues. Many Christian colonists in America did not celebrate Christmas. Unless I’m with family, I don’t celebrate it anymore, either. It’s become so commercial I doubt if Jesus himself would approve our celebration.
As a holy day, yes. I don’t object to special Christmas worship services where we talk about the incarnation and the light coming into the world and the Word becoming flesh. The advent candles and other symbols that help people learn and remember the significance of the incarnation can be helpful to some. And I love the Christmas carols that are Christian. (I could do without Santa Baby, the Chipmunks Christmas song, Rudolph, etc.)
I don’t object to traditions that families love like having a tree, Snata Claus, making cookies, exchanging gifts, etc. I just think the season has become so full of expectations and stresses that have nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas that it’s hard to find simple love and goodwill toward men anymore. Everyone is too busy shopping, decorating, cooking, wrapping, and partying to contemplate what it’s all about. Saying a specific greeting is not how we keep Christ in Christmas.