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Dickens took Christmas away from the community/church based celebration and made it into a family-centered festival of generosity (family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit).

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The tradition of singing carols in church did not start until the late 1800s.

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.

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