Right, so palestinian jewish chap is born in Bethlehem on the way to the roman census bureau.
As a result we decorate our houses in nordic norwegian style with tons of things found normaly near the artic circle. On top of that, we in southern europe add local traditional stuff.
We all do what we want. We hate turkey and gravy as we think Noel should be about good time not bland mediocre food so we do a Russian style dinner with blinis, caviar, salmon, all the expensive stuff and the finest wines are served. Here fresh live oysters, here Sauterne... Mmmm... The good life.
And then I read this thing about North American centrism definition of Xmas and how does Japan's own expression of it is different.
Lemme ask ya, what are we supposed to do for Xmas in fact? I mean, in the absolute. Middle East style to preserve the historical setup? Sure, I love Lebanese food, why not.
You see there is no point of reference that makes US xmas more valid than a Belgium or the old Stalinian "Father Frost" one or any other interpretations. They are all wrong as there is nothing "of Nazareth" in it, but they are right re-interpretation in your local culture.
This said, having grown up in the US, the worst thing there is is 30 days of those "Kchng-kching-kching" damned cymbals from "jingle bells" that play on every speakers of every radio or shopping mall PA system non-stop. Xmas in the US is the most aggravating aural experience ever. Anything is a "xmas" special , even those tampons reduced by 20c at the local pharmacy. Its all a huge marketing thing that gets more and more on your nerves as you grow old.
And like someone wrote here, it's also the time for the worst TV programing ever: Star Wars Xmas Special? Santa Claus Conquers the Martian? Jack Frost?
I think the explanation is that the Earth enters a part of it's path around the sun where a cloud of higly ionized particules. Exactly where the Earth stands in 3d space at around 20 to 30th of december. And there we all go mental in the West thinking that the world (Cairo, Peking, Jerusalem, Oman, Ankara....) all suddently convert to christianism and all become a bunch of hippies smoking grass.
So when I see Japanese intergrating xmas but not taking it seriously, I seriously think about enquiring for an immigration visa as I am reassured that at least a few pockets of hummanity hasn't lost their trolley. At least they are honnest and candid in their approach. Sure they also put nordic thingies with frost and fake snow like we do (yaks and conifers in Israel?), but at least they don't buy 400 lightbulbs to turn their suburbian homes into a festival of kitsh that makes your philipino bordellos street look like a dark alley by comparison.
Let's face it, wherever you go, xmas is kitch.