I would say nothing. I celebrate Christmas, but other than it's Jesus' birthday, I don't see the big deal over it as you can always give someone a gift any time of the year. Don't need to be "forced" to do so on one day (or multiples if you count mother's day, father's day, and doomsda... er V-Day)
Each of the three first answers equally - and also ( I Am a Woman! ) the Shopping!, excitement, the food and sweets - And at the top of my list ; Christmas morning awaking with my husband, sharing a bottle of Champagne and strawberries with cream for breakfast in bed ! Heaven !
2 and 3 because my religion is not in that vein of Christianity 2 because I like getting stuff even though there isn't much I need or want 3 even though it's just me and my parents although I am spending it over with extended family this year
I LOVE all the hype that comes before Christmas!!! After Thanksgiving, Xmas carols start to come on the radio, you shop for gifts for your freinds and family, you look forward to the celebrations, and pray for snow and a White Christmas (which never happens, btw). And buying and decorating the tree, and baking Xmas cookies and coffeecake, and BEING SO HAPPY!!!!
I DON'T enjoy, on the other hand, the midterm exams that come around riht before Xmas...THOSE SUCK.
While I do enjoy the idea of Christmas where one gets together with family and celebrates the birth of Jesus, I think that what we celebrate today has become a perversion of the true spirit of Christmas. It seems like most people only care about the presents rather than the fact of His presence. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy getting presents, however, that is not what Christmas is all about...
I don't believe in the religious aspects of it, (I don't follow any particular religion - i'm not an atheist though) I think of it more as a time to come together with family and appreciate the whole of the year, especially seeing as everyone usually gets too blitzed to do it at new year.
I am one of the very few it seems that genuinely prefer to buy gifts for other people, than to receive them. I just love finding that perfect gift that I know that person will love, and seeing their face when they open it. I always try to do it at least 3 times a year, not just at christmas.
It's also a time to celebrate the amount of goodwill most people seem to save for only one month a year. I notice at work, when all the business men come through to buy their lunch, or the mums come in after a long day of christmas shopping with two toddlers, they all seem far more relaxed and just generally happier than earlier on in the year.
Too old to get presents, plus I had to spend my Christmas working so it felt just like any other day. But it got better once the older people of the family got together and had an alcohol induced karaoke party.
The birth of everyone's savior who came to save us from the most horrible death that continues on forever without whom we would have NO hope what so ever, and i also love being able to celebrate with my family and friends although this year i wasn't able to celebrate it with my best friend