I’m not the only to frown on the commercialization and rampant consumerism of Christmas, but I just want less and less to do with the holiday. As a divorced, Jewish dad with older kids who spend Christmas with their mom, my yuletide celebrations over the years have consisted of going to the movies and choosing from the Chinese restaurants that were open. This year I will be traveling, but it still doesn’t ameliorate my problems with the unnecessary gift-giving, which drives a significant portion of our economy. I re-read a post I wrote about this during the midst of the recession, where I hoped it would spur changes in society. Alas, it has not. So we will continue buying and giving and receiving and returning.