For starters, the actual modern celebration is steeped with pagan tradition. Even the word "Christmas" is pagan in its origin. Without a doubt, the world is celebrating Christ the savior being born, whether they acknowledge it or not. Each year, people around the world and even in your circle smugly scoff at those who celebrate Christ is Christmas without acknowledging the modern traditions pagan roots. Charlemagne, winter solstice and all the ‘other’ celebrations pale in comparison to the birth of the savior of the world.
Even if there were protests to move the ‘date’ to more accurately reflect Christ’s birth, there would still be no denying that Christ was indeed born in a manger in Bethlehem.
More importantly, Christ was brutally murdered as he was hung on a cross on Calvary. Castigated, humiliated and mutilated for the sake of mankind to be regenerated; this baby was born, became a man and ultimately reconciled humanity to Father God.
That’s due a celebration, right? There will be those who lie in wait for this debate year round. Then there are those who, regardless of the date Christ was born on, died on and rose on hold appreciation in their regenerated hearts for his selfless sacrifice for the world!
Joy to the world, the Lord came…and the world is better for it! Notwithstanding, the celebration of this has accumulated some pagan tradition and the intertwining of the pagan with sacred has brought humanity to this end. Santa Claus or baby Jesus. Ol' Saint Nick/Chris Kringle or the baby you'd later encounter on a cross?
While it undoubtedly seems better to create a hero who is happy and healthy (though borderline morbidly obese) it's a strike against those who pitifully downplay the birth of Christ. Merry Christmas has lost its place in society giving way to "Happy Holidays" (there's only ONE holiday at the end of December,remember?)
The birth of Christ can't nor won't be undone or rewritten regardless of what you chose to call it or (not) celebrate it as.
It should be nearly impossible to paganize the supernatural, but there are those that who have extraordinary success doing so. Gifts? We all love them, don’t you? Jesus was the best gift…even better, your gift doesn’t have to match his! We are commanded to be living sacrifices, Christ death was our gift!