I'm not into religion, but I do love the Christmas season. For one thing, Christians are very good at rejoicing that their main dude Christ was born. And their enthusiasm for him is quite contagious. It's their songs and their smiles and their ability to assume that everyone is Christian during this part of the year that just gets me every time.
That and Charlie Brown's Christmas Special.
For another thing, it's a good excuse to huddle up with family and get back in touch. Unless your family is crazy - which thankfully mine is not.
As for the real religious nature of the holiday, it's bullshit. Utter crap, really. As is their entire dogma. It's dangerous and annoying, and is a poor substitute for real morality. Theirs is a morality motivated by avoidance and fear - avoiding sin for fear that they will spend eternity in the burning fires of hell. This clouds ones sense of right and wrong rather than illuminates it. And it creates an unhealthy tension in people where they want things that they believe are bad. If they were aloud to look at things and really consider them, they'd know why those things were bad and would be far less likely to want them.
Here's philosopher Pat Condell explaining this thought far more articulately than I could.
And here are three teenage girls singing "It's cold outside" for Christmas. This kind of illustrates why I still love Christmas.