The Message Of Christmas – Charles Spurgeon

America’s early colonists banned observance of Christmas, because of it's pagan origins.  In 1644, the English Parliament outlawed the holiday, compelling shops to be open...
America’s early colonists banned observance of Christmas, because of it's pagan origins.  In 1644, the English Parliament outlawed the holiday, compelling shops to be open that day. Pulitzer Prize finalist, “The Battle for Christmas,” historian Stephen Nissenbaum at the University of Massachusetts documents the American development of the holiday : “In New England, for the first two centuries of white settlement,” writes Nissenbaum, “most people did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, the holiday was systematically suppressed by Puritans during the colonial period and largely ignored by their descendants. It was actually illegal to celebrate Christmas in Massachusetts between 1659 and...