I was sitting in my office today. I was alone as almost everyone else has taken off for the holiday. I had Pandora on Christmas music. I listen to a lot of Baroque, Renaissance, medieval, celtic and new age music anyhow and that was the flavor of my Christmas music. I also had Trans-Sibrian Railway and Manheim Steamroller. I really enjoyed it.
I like Church. I don't mean the religion. Or The Church.
I like the Christmas Service Happy Music Smells & Bells Church. I don't go anymore as I have better things to do at 10 PM Christmas Eve such as drinking wine and watching old movies. But I do like that Giddy Happy Christmas feeling. It almost makes me want to believe but I just can't.
I like Christmas movies.
Christmas Story which while set in the 40's reminds me of my growing up.
Love Actually and I always cry buckets of tears at the end.
Miracle on 34th St (the original).
I like pies, cookies and fudge.
I like Christmas trees and candles and stars.
I don't believe any of the mythology behind it, but I enjoy the mythical peace and good will and I don't mind saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or whatever.
I just like Christmas for itself.
I probably like it better because, except for the children, we do not exchange gifts.
I do not send Christmas cards.
I don't go to church and I have no obligations except to please myself.
I don't even go to Christmas parties.
So I get to do the stuff I like and I ignore the rest and can have a totaly lovely Christmas without Christ.
It has a lot to do with nostalgia and at my age I think I am allowed a certain amount.