One of the seriously deranged folks who sends me every conspiracy theory under the sun finally piqued my interest with a long essay titled Is Christmas Really “Christian”? A little research indicates that, as I suspected, he did not write it. It’s floated around in various forms since the 1950’s.
Christianity Today has a a more readable version of the pagan origins of many of the Christmas traditions.
More on debates of the holiday season at December Dilema Watch Blog.