According to Stephen Nissenbaum, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist, “The Battle for Christmas” (Vintage, 1997) the following was true.
In England, under Oliver Cromwell, Christmas and other saints’ days were banned, and in New England it was illegal to celebrate Christmas for about 25 years in the 1600s. Forget people saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”.
Oh and they also had these nasty witch trials.
Aren’t you glad you weren’t living in New England then?