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The War on Christmas: The Early Years

By Matthew Yglesias on December 26, 2008 at 10:14 am

"The War on Christmas: The Early Years"

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Back in the 17th Century the shit was real:

During the Reformation, some Puritans condemned Christmas celebration as “trappings of popery” and the “rags of the Beast.” The Roman Catholic Church responded by promoting the festival in a more religiously oriented form. Following the Parliamentarian victory over King Charles I during the English Civil War, England’s Puritan rulers banned Christmas, in 1647. Pro-Christmas rioting broke out in several cities, and for weeks Canterbury was controlled by the rioters, who decorated doorways with holly and shouted royalist slogans. The Restoration of Charles II in 1660 ended the ban, but many clergymen still disapproved of Christmas celebration.

I’d love to see Bill O’Reilly on TV shouting monarchist slogans.

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