Just because it's Christmas that doesn't mean I can't start a little trouble right?
You know this whole "War on Christmas" deal that comes up conveniently around this time of the year when people are busy and certain news outlets need ratings? You ever wonder who started it? Well, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, it was the Christians:
"The practice of giving gifts, which goes back to the 15th century, contributed to the view that Christmas was a secular holiday focused on family and friends. This was one reason why Puritans in Old and New England opposed the celebration of Christmas and in both England and America succeeded in banning its observance."
That was just too amusing not to share, and besides I'm guessing we've made our peace with it. But lest you should think I'm lacking in true holiday spirit (or maybe you just feel all rotten & guilty because you really would've preferred not knowing that about the Puritans) PBS Frontline has put its entire documentary, "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" on their website. 4 hours of Christ biographyin', martyr beatifyin' educational material ought to set you straight in no time. Or, in a lot of time actually.
Happy Christmas to all and to all a good day.
UPDATE: My friend and part-time blogpost idea stealing nemesis over at Chicago Catholic Examiner confirms Britannica's story. Which is good since I was concerned they might be a bit biased. They're not really fans of pilgrims and puritans over there, you know.
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