Why Some Jews Don't Study Torah on Christmas Eve

The excuse for not studying Torah on Christian holidays is usually that Jews get attacked on those days, but the original reason has been long forgotten, and is dark indeed

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Peter Paul Rubens - The Resurrection of Christ
The Resurrection of Christ by Peter Paul Rubens, painted around 1611
Elon Gilad
Elon Gilad

It is a common practice among Hasidic Jews to abstain from studying the Torah on Christmas Eve. This tradition is remarkable, since for one thing, religious Jews do not usually have customs associated with Christian holidays. For another, studying of Torah is considered one of the most important things Jews must do, and they otherwise only abstain  on solemn days, such as Tisha B’Av. Why would they eschew this sacred duty on "Nittel Nacht", the night before Christmas?