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The War on Christmas existed long before Fox News.
the 17th century, it was an indisputable fact: Boston Puritans canceled
Christmas for 22 years, and those caught celebrating were hit with a
fine, Mental Floss explains.
A court order in 1659 warned against
"observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing
of labor, feasting, or any other way." The ban remained until 1681.
Working was required, and concerned Puritans actually sent out town criers to yell, "No Christmas! No Christmas!"
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the time, however, holiday celebrations were quite different from
today's. For instance, the practice of "wassailing" saw less-wealthy
colonists seeking food and drink from their richer counterparts - and
when they didn't get it, things could get violent.
Increase Mather, meanwhile, was troubled by holidays spent "playing at
Cards, in Revellings, in excess of Wine, in Mad Mirth," he wrote in
1687, as Slate and the Massachusetts Travel Journal have noted.
1681, governor Sir Edmund Andros ended the ban - but it wasn't until
the late 19th century that Christmas celebrations got popular in the
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