Scotland also abolished the observance of Christmas, from 1640 until 1958 when it became a Scottish public holiday again.
By the 1700s and early 1800s, the observance of Christmas had dwindled.
A little known fact about Christmas is that from 1647-1660, England's Puritan rulers passed a law that made Christmas illegal (although pro-Christmas rioting broke out in protest).
And, in Colonial America, the Puritans of New England outlawed Christmas in Boston from 1659 to 1681.
Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (a feeding trough) because there was no room for them at the inn.
The word "Christmas" originates from the term "Christ's Mass".
A major turning point occured in 1843, when Charles Dickens wrote the novel "A Christmas Carol".