The thing to remember about all pagan practices, from tattooing to fertility cults, is that they are inextricably tied to the fall of humankind (which, I'm told, has something to do with a snake and a tree in a garden with a couple of poor, misguided people). And if people fall, which they do, then surely they can be picked up again?
Christmas – the celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, not the celebration of mindless capitalism – is a beautiful thing, especially if it replaces some odd pagan festival, because it symbolises the possibility that all things, even grossly ungodly festivals, may be redeemable. Christmas means that even people like me – people who lose their way occasionally, make mistakes, upset other people but generally do their best not to be walking disasters – are not beyond redemption. That sounds like really good news to me. The abolishment of Christmas, on the other hand, sounds like a crime against humanity.