Masks of misrule is a good book if you havent read it Lil.
Hating to play devils advocate (or not as the case may be) ..
Its not the demonization of a paganism that bothers me, its the fact paganism wasn't just the patsy, it evolved; no simple tool of conversion, it was enlisted to manipulate, dominate and control the flock ... the carrot and the stick, St Nicholas and Krampus, God and the Devil [?]
Its interesting however, hopeful even (though part of me would suggest satisfying) how it, as a thing, may be evolving into something new again, away from the demons, even the angels, of the past ...
" ... A crown of horns, An image formed deformed"
- Billy Corgan