I was brought up in a Catholic girl school. The time was the 50s and 60s in the last century. Society was in general poor. Economy was slow. Materialistic Christmas celebrations belonged to the very rich and luxurious consumption was not conspicuous. It was the time before television not to say the internet!
But I rather like the Christmas then. It was less noisy and less flamboyant. It was all about prayers, bible reading, Christmas carol and sermons leaving us time for soul-searching. Of course, there were lights in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. We did exchange gifts but they were nothing expensive.
Oh, times were always better in our memories, maybe our defensive mechanism has filtered out the unpleasant sediments!
Here is wishing you a quiet peaceful Christmas spent in the warm company of your love ones!