Christmas is on the critical list -yes really! The one thing our lives (in the UK anyway) that never changes is currently on the brink of collapse with the threat of a DNR hanging over it. I hear hospital wards are not being allowed to put decorations up, school concerts cannot be in any way religious and staff are working over the festive period without any back up or support from their managers who obviously take it as a god given right to a holiday.
Out of all the holidays we can and do take throughout the year Christmas is the one that we all commit to take to be nice to each other, to buy gifts for each other and to spend time with each other. We all value the spirit of Christmas whatever our religious beliefs if we have any and look forward to the traditional celebration and expectancy (or hope) of new life, in nature and time.
If Christmas dies so does the hope and recovery of a society that we once knew and cherished. Not the society that is over indulgent and selfish but the society that looked out for one another, that gave the endless gifts of time and love and could actually show that we cared about one another.
Please be alert for signs of deterioration over the holiday period (including the virtual world) and if your hear people shutting down for the festive period please resuscitate stat.