The Ethic of Christmas

In theory, Christmas is supposed to be about selflessness. In practice, Christmas is about giving and receiving presents. Those who condemn Christmas for being “selfishly materialistic” are ignoring that Christmas is about the giving AND receiving of presents. Christmas, as we know it, implies that both giving and getting are equally valuable, and that there can be rational self-interest in giving (to one whom you love) as well as getting. I know that Christmas is supposed to be based on the ethic of suffering, self-sacrifice and giving up. Those who like that ethic will continue to complain. I propose that we leave Christmas as it is — and take another look at the prevailing ethic.