Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:48
Don't think there's any such thing as 'the perfect Christmas' - every Christmas is different, people are different, seasons are different, things happen (like the Christmas morning the pigs got into the Misses B's garden' - recounted elsewhere).
However, it's when we have a few days respite from work to show family and friends that we love them, and that even if we take them for granted a bit during the year we don't mean to.
It's a time to reflect on our own good fortune and to share with others who are not so fortunate in one way or another, and it's at time when, at the darkest and most barren period of the year, we can look forward to light and life in the future (whether that has religious symbolism or not).
It is good for humanity to make time to share and reflect on our lives together and it is natural to gather together when the days are short and the nights are long in order to enjoy each other's company, and I'm sure this is why the tradition of a mid-winter 'festival' is so important to those of use living in the northern hemisphere, whatever we call it.