Once a year (Passover) some of that spirit (I'm told) comes into play. Sukkot and Purim might replace some of Halloween for dressing up and decorating too. But Chanukah isn't off, nor is New Year's Eve or New Year's day. The time in the US where everyone is off together (friends, family, colleagues) isn't part of the winter tradition.
I admit, I miss that. I enjoy the togetherness, the travel, the hot cider, and the antlers. I was hoping for a Rotary trip to Bethlehem, but was never called and was too sick to even attempt planning.
But never fear, Christmas came to our lab in the form of several holiday elves and a youtube tutorial on making snowflakes. I hope you enjoy the results! It might not be the Nutcracker, but it made me smile for hours nonetheless.