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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Who originally made war on Christmas?
The deeply religious Christian Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony, that's who.
"Even when compared to Ebenezer Scrooge, the Puritans who ruled the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s were downright Grinchian. Not only were the Puritans contemptuous of Christmas, they outlawed public celebration of the Yuletide holiday for an entire generation. The pious Puritans who sailed from England in 1630 to found the Massachusetts Bay Colony brought with them something that might seem surprising for a group of devout Christians—contempt for Christmas. In a reversal of modern practices, the Puritans kept their shops and schools open and churches closed on Christmas, a holiday that some disparaged as “Foolstide.”
"In their strict interpretation of the Bible, the Puritans noted that there was no scriptural basis for commemorating Christmas. “The Puritans tried to run a society in which legislation would not violate anything that the Bible said, and nowhere in the Bible is there a mention of celebrating the Nativity,” Nissenbaum says. The Puritans noted that scriptures did not mention a season, let alone a single day, that marked the birth of Jesus."
"The prohibition of public Christmas celebrations was unique to Massachusetts, and under the reign of King Charles II political pressure from the motherland steadily increased for the colony’s Puritan leaders to relax their intolerant laws or risk losing their royal charter. In 1681, the Massachusetts Bay Colony reluctantly repealed its most odious laws, including the ban on Christmas. Hostility toward the public celebration of Christmas, however, remained in Massachusetts for years to come.
When newly appointed royal governor Sir Edmund Andros attended Christmas Day religious services at Boston’s Town House in 1686, he prayed and sang hymns while flanked by Redcoats guarding against possible violent protests. Until well into the 1800s, businesses and schools in Massachusetts remained open on December 25 while many churches stayed closed. Not until 1856 did Christmas—along with Washington’s Birthday and the Fourth of July—finally become a public holiday in Massachusetts."
So all of that fake controversy about THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS by the propaganda arm of the GOP, FAUX NOOZ, and the Liar-in-Chief's claim that he, and he alone, is bringing back saying "Merry Christmas," is nothing more than a cheap stunt to keep the low-information voters glued to their teevees, shaking their fists at all the heatherns keeping the Baby Jesus out of Xmas!
The very religious Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony were the original grinches who prohibited the early colonials from saying "Merry Christmas," who made it illegal to say "Merry Christmas," and who kicked the Baby Jesus out of Christmas.
So when you hear the Liar-in-Chief blubbering about how he's put the "Merry" back in "Christmas," we should all laugh in his face. American presidents have always wished Americans "Merry Christmas," and President Obama said "Merry Christmas" as POTUS for much longer than President Happy Hands.
Trump knows nothing about our history and is nothing but a useful idiot of FAUX NOOZ when it comes to stirring up his cultists over the fake war on Christmas.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL.
HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE
HAPPY QUAID-E-AZAM DAY
HAPPY BELATED DIWALI (October)
HAPPY BOXING DAY
We are a diverse country. December is a month of many holidays for many people. Good will toward all!