We had members of 3 families over for dinner; we conversed about life, work, educating the kids, our kids' achievements, foibles, and the wonders of art, the internet, and Wing Chun well into the night. I am very lucky to have met the people I've met in my life.
I'd suggest similar post-Thanksgiving get-togethers as a cure for the consumerism.
Yeah, we'll celebrate Christmas in our peculiar post-Christian Buddhist American-Asian mix kind of way; we just won't go crazy over it. Life's way to short.