There are plenty of things to dislike about how our culture celebrates the Christmas season. More than once I’ve been called a scrooge for mentioning them.
But whatever its flaws, the season tends to draw people home and that seems to me to be a very good thing.
When I was a child everyone in the extended family gathered at my Grandparents’ house on Christmas morning for feasting and exchanging gifts. No one had to travel very far to get there.
But these days it’s rare for a family to all live in the same community. At least it’s rare among families I know. Most families are now scattered about, and many of us have to travel long distances to come “home.” We tend to do that on holidays.
Our children are now grown and gone on to lives elsewhere. But at some point over the holidays they’ll both be home again. We’re looking forward to that.