I am an Orthodox Christian priest. I have been Orthodox my entire life and a priest since July 2007. From my perspective, in America at least, we have lost the functional understanding of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We must take seriously that our Traditions have purpose and are not a just a litany of tasks and obligations we must perform. To "boil down" the Faith to that creates an environment I believe is what the Apostle Paul taught against. Glory to God.
On Theologically Thinking, Christ is come from Heaven; Encounter Him! Fr. Athanasios Haros proclaims that the birth of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is more than just another birth. It is the coming of God into His creation so that we can be united to Him. Christmas is more than just another celebration. We are invited by the Church to come and encounter the Lord in physical communion with Him.