Christmas is a time to be with family and to be thankful and grateful for the positive in one's life and the lives of those we care about, not to mention our local community and our nation. Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus, but it is in fact a European tradition that predates Christianity and commemorates the Winter Solstice.
Taoism is an ancient Chinese philosophy that predates Christianity and whose principal sage is Lao-tzu (Laotzi). Taoism, with its focus on an infinite universality, does not seek to control anyone or to separate people into contesting groups. Taoism appeals to me because it states that humanity is one with nature.