Christmas used to be outlawed . . . by Christians.

In England, during Henry VIII’s reign, Christmas became sort of a Mardi Gras–a time of partying and carousing. When Puritans took over England and outlawed Christmas as too worldly.

When the Puritans settled Massachusetts, they had a five shilling fine for anyone caught celebrating Christmas.

Puritan leader, Rev. Cotton Mather (1663-1728), told his congregation, December 25, 1712:

“Can you in your Conscience think, that our Holy Saviour is honoured, by Mad Mirth, by long Eating, by hard Drinking, by lewd Gaming, by rude Revelling; by a Mass fit for none but a Saturn or a Bacchus, or the Night of a Mahometan Ramadam? You cannot possibly think so!”

https://selfeducatedamerican.com/2016/12/06/tradition-st-nicholas/

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