Let us focus on where our gifts, skills, and passion can help, one patchy spot at a time.
Your gifts and abilities matter, your contribution to the common good is uniquely yours.
Can we receive the gift of God on its own terms? Can we humble ourselves to receive this Messiah, not re-cast in the image of our own desires but as the Deliverer we really need?
If every human has been given some measure of imagination and creativeness, what keeps some people from living creatively?
It's not so much that we've ruined Christmas as that we've let Christmas ruin Christianity. Our skewed understanding of gifts has led to a skewed understanding of spiritual gifts, and so of Christianity.