From when a JW, it was at least always told to me how Catholics took on christmas, and all the other pagan celebrations etc.
Recently I met a Russian who said they are Catholic and in Russia they don't really celebrate Christmas. It's more an american thing and that New Years is the bigger deal and the closest thing to Christmas to them is something on like Jan 7th.
Also met a Puerto Rican also said raised Catholic and that they didn't celebrate Christmas either.
I know the USA was originally protestant and in some areas Christmas was banned until the late 1700's.
So what's the real scoop on Christmas?