Many have tried but no one has yet succeeded in killing off Christmas
There is a growing number of secularists and agnostics in Ireland who seek to remove faith from the public square. This includes "taking the Christ from Christmas", this being the agenda for Abie Philbin Bowman's witty enterprise of a godless "Assembly" replacing Sunday church-going.
Yet modern-day secularists would not be the first to try and change Christmas. There is a long tradition of Christmas-bashing and even suppressing it, going back to Cromwell's time.
The Lord Protector's regime prohibited celebrations at Christmas and even went to the trouble of outlawing mince pies as a form of pagan gluttony.