Happy Holidays! 

Shakespeare mentions Christmas a mere THREE times in all his writings.  In Elizabethan England, Easter was the main Christian festival. Christmas was a less-important 12-day festival known for pageants put on at the Royal Court and by churches for townspeople.  Shakespeare did not hide his dislike of pageant acting:
SLY. Marry, I will; let them play it. Is not a comonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling-trick?
PAGE. No, my good lord, it is more pleasing stuff.
The Taming of the Shrew (Intro, scene 2)
It was 200 years after the death of Shakespeare that Christmas was popularized in England, thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert importing many of the German Christmas traditions.

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