I love Christmas traditions too, those I know first hand, and others that I have only heard, or read about. Especially I enjoy knowing the history and significance of them. However, I think this is worth thinking about:
Falling into Sentimentality
I love the Christmas tree with the family gathering together to decorate it, but I wish that we were like the French (and many other) who do their gift-giving on Epiphany, with the coming of the Wise Men, and keep christmas Day itself as a holy day. We forget the holiness and fall into sentimentality over the tiny baby in the stable. Who is that tiny baby? Even the Creator, almighty and terrible and incomprehensible!
And this, also from Madeleine L’Engle’s little book, Miracle on 10th Street:
This Tiny Baby