In "The power of Christmas" in the Washington Post (December 23, 2013) Michael Gerson wrote:
"The man who was born in obscurity and died an apparent failure is viewed as a guide and friend by more than 2 billion people."
The correct view should be "viewed as incarnate God", as proclaimed by all Christian Churches. "Guide" and "Friend" is a nice New Age approach, but fundamentally incorrect. The purpose of Christmas is not to celebrate the friendship of some sage or mystic, but to proclaim the ever present God made known to us.