From Wales Online comes this article on the tradition of Christmas as we know it today:
EBENEZER Scrooge was Welsh. Before moving to London in the late 1830s, he lived in a little village just outside Bangor. The historical evidence for this frankly implausible claim comes in the shape of a letter that appeared in the North Wales Chronicle in December 1835. In the letter, Scrooge – or at least someone very like him – complained bitterly about the festive spirit that had apparently possessed all about him. Everybody the correspondent met, from his servant to strangers in the street, wished him a “Merry Christmas”. What, he wanted to know, was there to be merry about?