I think a lot of it simply depends on how your life is going at the moment that season begins. Last year I would have said that it most certainly wasn’t. My kids and I were alone for the holiday since my parents were visiting my brother and his family in Houston. So, we didn’t have our traditional Christmas dinner or anything like that. Also, our cat was attacked on Christmas Eve by some animal that managed to get under our deck and he had half of his paw ripped off. That definitely put a damper on the festivities.
This year looks like it will be better. We are having our celebration later than traditional because my brother and his family will be in Wisconsin on Christmas. But, we will all be together this year. There will be a traditional dinner and presents and such. So, barring any disasters, it may very well be one of the best Christmases we’ve had in a while.
I will say, however, that I believe the commercialization of the holiday does detract from the overall enjoyment. I wish companies would go back to the traditional way of doing things. And something seriously needs to be done about the outrageousness of Black Friday. I think it is insane that people get injured or killed while shopping. It’s not worth it.