Another commenter said:
holiday mounts should be purchased with that holiday's currency.
Which made me think. I'm not sure that I 100% agree, but I'm drawn toward the idea of a reachable goal.
On the one hand, holiday mounts would be less rare.
On the other, no one said they had to be cheap. I could get behind a currency grind that lasted more than one or even two years. And maybe add some other requirements, such as a BOU drop sellable on the AH that starts a quest chain (like the Battered Hilt, only mount-ish).
Just something to help the players who don't want to grind the whole week only to lose the roll to some random pugged moron.
At the very least, if they were to hypothetically put the mounts out as available for currency, grinding the marks for one should prevent a player from doing anything else for that holiday (and they should make that hurt by, like, offering cheaper collector's items that people trying to stack their numbers would prefer).
They could also, since they like putting new things into holidays, work on Super-Meta achievements with the mounts as the prize. Brewfest would be weird, but whatever -- it's brainstorming, not rocket science.
In the end, I like it for me because I like the holiday mounts and my alliance characters can't con 5 people into giving me their, like, 15 main and alt summons like my horde characters can. And even if I could on alliance, I couldn't ask after they helped me with the phoenix. They'd help, but I'd feel greedy.
Also in the end, changing the way you get holiday mounts would kind of suck for the people who already got them.
Of course, we hate those people because they have holiday mounts and we don't.
Ah well. There are plenty of debates to be had on the "rare mount" front, but I'm not particularly interested in arguing. I just thought it was an interesting, thought-provoking comment and wonder if you think the same -- could there be a more generous way to offer these mounts without handing them out like candy? Also, do you think Blizz will up the holiday mount drop rate with everyone clamoring for it?
Personally, the stress levels involved in grinding every day and hoping I win a roll isn't worth it, even once we get the holiday bosses in LFG. The only way I'd have a shot is if they changed the way you get these things. Thus, I'd support a change for myself and won't pretend it's anything more charitable than that.