This story about rioting Santas, from the NY Times, is a re-assurring sign for me, as I hate this time of year. (I don't know why, really, it's only two months a year, or one sixth of my life).
Check out the main archive at Santarchy
There is an extended discussion and other links on this weblog Making Light, including an excellent online e-comic about the pagan roots of all this - Saturnalia. ( and no, I am not a pagan, either).