Christmas - as seen by The Ultimate Comment - is not so much an event as a vibe. There is a particular feeling-tone, a state of consciousness, that is the essence of the whole Christmas thang. The festival, the gifts, the food, are all just expressions of Christmas Spirit. This feeling-tone is triggered by certain sensory and linguistic stimuli, such as the sight of a decorated tree, or the smell of brandy. It gives rise to thoughts of peace on Earth and goodwill towards men. The insane thing is that our consciousness - individual and collective - only grooves on this feeling-tone at a particular time of year. You feel a certain way, buy for no reason except that the Gregorian calendar says it's December.