Nowadays Christmas is primarily a secular festival. The rat-race is suspended for a day or two. It is customary at this time of year to speak of Peace on Earth and Good Will To All Men yet the tragedy of an outmoded and insane social organisation continues as usual. Think of its poverty and destruction in the midst of actual or potential plenty. Slums, famines, eco-system destruction, waste, and strife of all kinds.
It cannot be said too often that the effects of capitalism are unavoidable as long as the system endures. Capitalism inexorably produces war, poverty and human degradation and these problems will not be abolished by seeking a change in hearts but through a revolutionary upheaval. Anything — like the Christmas good cheer — which attempts to persuade us otherwise is an episode in hypocrisy and delusion. Christmas is a festival of fake sincerity; the most dishonest season of the year. It is a time for buying what can't be afforded and selling what would not sensibly be wanted. So, away with all this bogus goodwill.
Humanity has the means—technical, material, organisational—to build a new world of freedom, harmony and enough for all. A world in which we all own and share the means of life in common in the interests of all. A world fit to celebrate.