Giftmas is, essentially, Christmas with the religious aspects of the holiday removed.
The name Giftmas makes it seem like an empty, materialistic holiday, but truthfully, the gift in Giftmas is more about nonmaterial gifts like love, togetherness, community, friendship, kindness, and the spirit of generosity, both material and non. Giftmas is a time to do something special to show the loved ones in your life that you care about them, and to remember the less fortunate if you can with generosity in the form of donated money, gifts, food, clothing, volunteer work..etc.
Giftmas incorporates many nonreligious Christmas traditions, such as Holiday Trees (or Giftmas Trees) Candy canes, Santa Claus, stuffed stockings, gifts under the tree, songs in the spirit of the winter holiday season, gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, baking in general, the colors red and green, wearing red hats with white trim & puffball...etc.
When someone says Merry Christmas to me, I reply with Merry Giftmas. They usually cant hear the difference.
December 12, 2005