Jesus came to bring us life! Not a better life on this earth, but eternal life which begins in our hearts here. Throw out all the "health and wealth" gospel bringers, they can't offer me any scripture which can support that. Jesus came to bring the real, abiding life which springs hope eternal, even in the midst of great suffering! The promise of sins forgiven, and Christ alive within. Christ came to give so much more than a present under the tree, He came to take care of my GREATEST need, the need for salvation and forgiveness. So, yes, Christmas is still "merry," no matter what!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope..."(I Pet. 1:3, NIV)