Various writers of the time condemned caroling as lewd, indicating that the unruly traditions of Saturnalia and Yule may have continued in this form. Post was still delivered on Christmas Day until We do not believe that every other religion is simply wrong through and through.
In fairness to the Puritans, Christmas looked a lot different then than it does now. Associating it with drunkenness and other misbehavior, the Puritans banned Christmas during the Reformation. Clearly, its commercialisation has not destroyed it and since the nineteenth century, it has become even more popular than ever.
An explicit expression of this theory appears in an annotation of uncertain date added to a manuscript of a work by 12th-century Syrian bishop Jacob Bar-Salibi. The feast was introduced in Constantinople inin Antioch by John Chrysostom towards the end of the fourth century,  probably inand in Alexandria in the following century.
Such modern Christians do not know its history. By that time, the Victorians had revolutionized the yuletide season, steering it away from bawdy revelling towards gift-giving, with many of the recognizable symbols and rituals we know today.
So perhaps the pagans stole their celebration from the Christians! A Parliamentary act repeated [the ban on Christmas] Getty Another winter-solstice festival, Yule, was observed by Germanic peoples and connected to Odin, king of the Norse gods.
All the major events of Christ's life, especially the passion, were celebrated on this date. Examples from before of which the Jonathan King collection hasshow an overwhelming concentration upon the natural world and upon jollity.