As someone who actually genuinely enjoys Christmas I find it enormously depressing that it has become "trendy" over the years to bash Christmas and basically the whole thing becomes a massive negative ("Oh God, fucking Christmas again").
But going back to why the previous post by Gourami was intolerant, it was the "I really don't see why they bother" line whick irks. How about "because they enjoy it"? It's the willful lack of interest in finding out why, just "I don't see the point of it". It's a cliche, but if someone said "I don't know why people bother being Muslim", would that be deemed as intolerant?
I have no problem with Christians celebrating Christmas, I totally understand that. I don't like Christmas because I'm not a Christian, (I don't celebrate Eid or Shavnot either for similar reasons), and it seems it is now a festival of consumerism. I go along with it because others would be disappointed if I didn't show, but it does make me feel like a massive hypocrite.
In addition, I'm not very good at forced jollity and my mood is not determined by the date on the calendar. The best bit about Christmas for me is the walk after lunch. A bit of fresh air and exercise away from an overcrowded, centrally heated house and it's always so quiet and peaceful with no traffic and nobody about.
This has absolutely nothing to do with being "trendy" as you snidely put it Bluebell, I've not enjoyed Christmas since I was about seven.
"I don't know why people bother being Muslim"
is an absurd comparison. People are Muslim either because they are born into it and it's a tradition, or because they have converted to it through some considered, deeply held belief. That's really quite different to people celebrating a festival belong to a religion in which they don't believe.
Edit: I've just discovered this which makes my point quite well. http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2011/12/08/c ... christmas/