In 1659 Puritan immigrants to Massachusetts officially banned the celebration of Christmas. Festive celebrations involving drinking and feasting were against Puritan principles, and the rejection of Christmas was also symbolized a rejection of English tradition and rule. The ban was not lifted until 1681.
Massachusetts forbids the celebration of Christmas (42 words)
Historical Context Note
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