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When Christmas Went Underground

When Christmas Went Underground

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IF
IT
turns out to be a reay MerryChristmas tis year, just remember -it wan't aways so.The Putans suppressed it. Dissenters were jaed. Some lost their ves.And even a centur ago in Bostonyo could ose your job or yourcidren coud be suspended fromschoo if you took off Decembertwenty fth for te observance ofChsts bih.was a common workday n Boson,and those who refused to work oenwere dismssed from ther jobs Someingenious factory owners managed tooad the dice so the law w ved upto On Cristmas Day he work daystarted earier than usual -say at veam so those who wshed to attendchurch serices woud tip teir handand get the pk sip."Your excuse that
When
"Whosoever sha befound observing anysuch day s Christmasor he ike sha bened
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sings readthe aw enacted iMassachusetts by thePuritans in
1659.
Theaw remaned on thebooks for
22
years. Thecustom asted another
20
years in New Engand.
ChristmasWent
your wife is sick, oneforeman tod a an atefor work in a Bostonfactory on Decembertwentyfth is sadyinadequate You maypick up your pay andgo back to church Butdont come back here,
Undergound
ever
Chistmas
wa
outawed
England and Amerca.
Even as ate as
187
casses were held in thepubic schoos of Boston on Cristmas Day.And again any puplwho stayed away to observe he feast wasIt was not a customto be tred with in the
by
Puritan coony. Severalyoung boys found payng on Cristmas Day
Chales M. Burton
were brought up sho by GoveorBradford. They sought to te
h
thattheir consciences woud not permitthem to work on tis day But hisseveity ws equ to te chenge; isconscience would not aow him to etthem abstain from work: Work or goto jai They found work to doThe antiChristmas feeing was notimited to the Puritans It was part oftheir heritage however and continued.Unt
156,
December twentyh
Dember 8, 1974
"gravey punished, evenshamed by pubic dsmissaIt was ony with the eat inux ofIish and German immigrants from theiddle of the Nineteenth Centuy onthat warmed up te Yakee heartstoward ChstmsThe Irish brout in the ancientGaeic custom of ghts n the windows. The Germans added the nowfamiar Christmas tree an od custom
i
their native and rom both cassesof immigrants came the crche, teir
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