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Puritans - The Puritan War on Christmas 1642-60 from History Today

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By Chris Durston Published in History Today Volume: 35 Issue: 12 1985
The Westminster Assembly, which met from 1643-49, in a Victorian history painting by John Rogers Herbert
"During the 17C, as now, Christmas was one of the most important dates in the calendar, both as a religious festival & as an important holiday period during which English men & women indulged in a range of traditional pastimes. During the twelve days of a17C Christmas, churches & other buildings were decorated with rosemary & bays, holly & ivy; Christmas Day church services were widely attended, gifts were exchanged...
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