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"Commercial activities during Christmas today are often decried as making the season too materialistic.
This has caused comments that the religious aspect of Christmas is so overlooked and overshadowed that its celebration seems to be purely pagan.
But today’s comparisons aren’t the first - there is a historical link between Christmas and pagan celebrations.
As a religion, church leaders instituted Christmas during winter because that time of year was a popular for the celebrations of many pagan festivals.
The hope was that Christmas would also become a holiday that would gain much popularity."
A good short article on the history of Pagan and Christian observance of Winter Festivals.