I would think that they probably don't want to talk about it because they don't want you to worry.
Last year we had Xmas in the park, it was a low key BBQ and everyone brought something. It wasn't what I ever thought I would want to do at Xmas but it was probably the best Xmas I have had. We all brought a game and had a sing along and popped Xmas crackers. Then we had kk's where there was a $50 limit.
It was easy, fun and cheap. We still had yummy Xmas food and at the end, no one had to clean up!
Just a suggestion.
Good luck with it all