Christmas: A Candid History More Email Save for later Saved By Julia Smith Grossman, Santa Monica, Calif. August 22, 2008 Save for later Saved I just finished reading Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes. It was so enjoyable and interesting. It really put the whole holiday season and its pagan, religious, and secular roots into perspective. Check it out. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?