I know I'm not alone in feeling that Christmas has become too commercial. And I think that it has even become part of our culture to joke about it. 50 years ago even Charles Schultz and his famous comic strip characters Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy, were trying to figure out what Christmas was all about.
For you see, traditionally, Christmas actually STARTED on Christmas Day, and continued for 12 days until Epiphany, on January 6th, which is the date when the Three Wise Men are to have appeared to Mary and the Christ Child. So, each of our Three Wise Men are placed in distant corners of our house, and daily are moved closer to our Nativity scene, until they "arrive" on Epiphany. And that is when we are "done" with Christmas. After Epiphany, I shut down the outdoor lights and we begin the long process of de-decorating.
As much as retail would love us to celebrate Christmas starting when the kids go back to school, but stop celebrating even BEFORE Christmas Day, we chose to celebrate it as the two distinct seasons - and we enjoy it more because of that.
Here's to you and your family, a very Merry Christmas!