So, Christmas is not a huge thing in my family. For religious reasons, my family has never celebrated Christmas. I've kind of done it a few times because I've been in relationships with people who do, but for the most part I find the whole affair confusing and unnecessary and the only Christmas stories I could actually get into were Die Hard and The Hebrew Hammer. As a result, I really have no idea what the deal is and all my research on it has only exacerbated my confusion. I've got a pretty solid bead on the history and the folklore, but the actual experience of celebrating Christmas doesn't seem to be well represented in media and has this sort of sheen of Norman Rockwell-esqe propaganda to it that makes it hard to take it seriously and I really doubt I could write an even remotely realistic Christmas scene based solely on it. So, for those willing to share, what is Christmas to you? What kind of traditions do you have? What were you taught about it as a kid? How did you feel about it and how has that changed much as you've grown older? Do you celebrate for religious reasons, social reasons, or some other reason? What are the expectations going into the holiday and how does that affect you emotionally, physically, and financially? Any help, explanations and anecdotes would all be greatly appreciated.