Merry Christmas everyone!
“In Anglo-American history, the Puritans gave up on trying to ‘put the Christ back in Christmas’ and just tried to get rid of Christmas completely. They banned it completely in Massachusetts and did the same thing in the old country after the English Civil War. Well into the nineteenth century, Christmas was ignored by many New England Christians; according to one report, no college in New England celebrated the Christmas holiday as late as 1847. After all, there’s no date given for Christmas in the Bible; our custom of celebrating Jesus’ birthday on December 25 has nothing to do with the scriptures, and everything to do with the way the ancient church tried to take over pagan festivals. Just as today’s radical Islamists destroy shrines and celebrations they consider un-Koranic, so many Protestants went to work demolishing anything that smacked of un-Biblical superstition and the pagan solstice-fest called Christmas was an excellent place to start.”
“The War on Christmas” was launched by the Yankee Puritans as soon as they got off the boat in Massachusetts. Christmas, which was banned by Parliament under “Lord Protector” Oliver Cromwell, was restored in England under King Charles II.
Virginia celebrated Christmas from the earliest days of Jamestown. Massachusetts supported Parliament while Virginia supported the Royalists in the English Civil War. It was Charles II who named Virginia the “Old Dominion.” He also rewarded a group of faithful royalist supporters by creating a new colony, Carolina.