I just read a thread where one of the posters was saying Christmas is not Pagan. From my research and what I remember reading up on it, it was taken from the Pagans.
Let me explain. First, I apologize because I researched this about 4 years ago and I don't have all of my research material at hand. What I remember when I did the research is a very long time ago Pagans (the country dwellers) would do their normal winter celebration called Winter Solstice. The Roman rulers wanted to start up the Christianity part and wanted to convert the Pagans to their way. In order to persuade the Pagans to their new belief system they introduced Christmas to make it where Pagans didn't have to give up their celebrations, hence where Christmas started from.
Here is what I found in Wikipedia so far about it. I had about 20 pages of where and how the holiday came from but from moving I lost it all. So, I'll start here.
Pre-Christian winter festivals
A winter festival was traditionally the most popular festival of the year in many cultures. Reasons included less agricultural work needing to be done during the winter, as well as people expecting longer days and shorter nights after the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.  In part, the Christmas celebration was created by the early Church in order to entice pagan Romans to convert to Christianity without losing their own winter celebrations.   Most of the most important gods in the religions of Ishtar and Mithra had their birthdays on December 25.
- Main article: List of winter festivals
Christmas may not be (in general) celebrated today as a pagan holiday but I do believe, from what I understand, Christmas was started only to convert pagans to the Roman belief system. If that's the case, then wouldn't it be of "Pagan Origin"? JW's talk of Pagan's as bad "demon" worshippers but if a bit of research is done on the history of Pagan's, they were actually just country people celebrating their seasonal holiday.
What's your take on it? And can you back it up with a bit of research? Thanks