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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).
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.