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Ancient celebratory songs like "Here We Come A-Wassailing" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" suggest that a secular winter holiday has always been celebrated at the same time as Christmas.
Because the Puritans believed Christmas was secular rather than Christian, the holiday was banned in England from 1642 to 1660, and in Massachusetts from 1659 to 1681.
The 1823 poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas" or "The Night Before Christmas", does not mention Jesus. Nor does Charles Dickens' 1849 novel, A Christmas Carol.
The nonchristian side of Christmas grew rapidly in the 20th Century with the additions of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman to the myth of Santa Claus.