Eve Fairbanks has done a great column on Christmas. It's dead on target, and well worth the read.
That said, she is a little rough on January. After all, isn't that the month where we get to spend the weekends on a build-up to what is perhaps the biggest non-official holiday in American culture, not to mention a fair chunk of the world? Yeah, I'm talking about Super Bowl Sunday.
Now, February, on the other hand... not much to redeem it. Especially the 14th.