But, there are nearly a million (by some estimates) people who will be homeless during the season, or on the verge of becoming homeless, and so their hearts are unable to connect with any feelings of peace or joy.
If Christmas is truly an extention of the Christian religion, every Christian should be extending themselves to those people who are doing without during the holidays, not just with material goods, but with the things that capitalism has no bearing on.
Funny that many Christians believe that they are most fully Christian when they participate in capitalism, (conforming to the status quo which in the US is the pursuit of happiness through money).
During these holidays, Christians and not, should not extend themselves to the poor and homeless by only handing out a pair of socks, or a sandwich, but by sitting down at the table with the homeless, and sharing themselves, actually engaging the homeless in conversation, in telling the homeless about their own lives and asking the homeless about their own. The homeless have more than stories of woe. Homeless people have stories of hope and happiness to share as well. You just have to ask. And allowing a homeless person to bless your life with a positive story will do you both a great deal of good.