I doubt they are choosing you in particular. Hackers around the world scan networks to try and find any that will let them in to do their dirty deeds. Your router obviously stops them but someone else's system might not. They just keep scanning and hoping - it cost them little compared to possible rewards.
I don't know for certain why "Xmas" but most likely it is because it's peak purchasing time so there's more chance to get transaction information. I guess somebody decided to give it that name.
I suspect Akamai is something different, don't know but it's nothing new, see here:
It is still worth checking (#5) just to make sure you have nothing lurking.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks
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