Did you know that Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as a holiday in 1836?
Early in American history Christmas was not a popular event. In 1660 the Massachussetts Bay Colony banned the holiday.
This infographic by Hayes Garden World shows that the English parliament banned Christmas, Easter and Whitsun in 1647.
Egyptian Christians started celebrating The Feast of the Nativity in the 4th century.
There is evidence that Christmas replaced a pagan holiday.
Pope Gregory I wrote to Mellitus, his missionary in England, telling him 'not to stop such ancient Pagan festivities', but to 'adapt them to the rites of the Church, only changing the reason of them from a heathen to a Christian impulse.'