Freedom From Christmas
Sleazons Greedings! [ as an old girlfriend of mine used to say.]
If you celebrate Christmas, ultimately, as with everything else in your life, it is because you choose to.
No-one forces you to buy, or even accept presents, visit relatives, send cards, attend office parties etc etc., you do it because you want to - based on what you [possibly mistakenly] see the consequences of not going along with the crowd amounting to.
My own life has improved dramatically [despite the difficulty this year in finding non-christmassy things to do and folks to associate with]since I stopped going along with the whole deal, because I made a decision based on my own values, which is not the same as saying that you should/could do what I did, because you are a unique individual with your own value system.
In order to stop, its "only" necessary to realistically assess the true costs [ie the over all price, consisting of elements such as alienation from friends, relatives and aquaintances, loss of prestige at work etc.], versus the true gains[ no more worry over christmas card lists and presents, no more re-gifting, no more pretense, monetary savings, possible new friends who admire your new found honesty and independence, etc. etc. ], and if the gains outweigh the losses, to go ahead and take drastic action -now.
So it is important to get an accurate picture of the losses and gains before you make a decision, no different than with any other area of your life, and then take action based on what the scales of your own personal value system tell you after your close analysis.