Over the years we've celebrated Christmas all over--East, West, North and South. What I've come to realize is that the location doesn't matter nearly as much as the company. After you pass a certain age, Christmas becomes a lot more about making your kids (or grandkids, but I'm not to that age yet) happy. The presents you get for them are way more fun than the ones you receive. I think almost every parent would make the choice to give their children what they wanted.
Thinking about that makes me reflect on the meaning of Christmas. The Father loved His only Son, but He also loved us--enough to give us the very best that He had. Yes, Christmas is too commercial, too hurried, too hectic, and so on. But it doesn't have to be. We can and should stop and thank God for our salvation. That's exactly what Christmas is about anyhow. The love of God shown to us, and celebrated as we share and show our love to others.