Jesse Walker on Puritans, Pagans, and Christmas

Massachusetts outlawed Christmas from 1659 to 1681, and the authorities there continued to denounce the day as un-Christian for years afterwards. Jesse Walker explains the New Englanders' hostility to the holiday, and he spots some signs that the season stills includes some of the elements that upset the Puritans.


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