Ask almost anyone what big holiday occurs around late December, and they'll most likely answer "Christmas!" without a moment's hesitation. Some other people might suggest other celebrations, like Channukah, or perhaps Kwanzaa, which, although not as widely worshiped, are still familiar names to most people. However, I doubt very many people would answer, "Well, the Winter Solstice, of course!"
That's unfortunate, because for most Pagans, it's the Winter Solstice that's most important. What's more, without us Pagans, Christmas would have been a very different holiday indeed. Intrigued? Read on.