11 Déc When Was Christmas Made Legal in Us
In 2007, controversy arose when a public school in Ottawa, Ontario, scheduled for children in its elementary school choir to sing a version of the song « Silver Bells, » replacing the word « Christmas » with « festive »; The concert also included the songs « Candles of Christmas » and « It`s Christmas » with the original lyrics. In 2011, some parents in Embrun, Ontario, near Ottawa, were dissatisfied when a school replaced the Christmas concert of previous years with a craft sale and winter concert planned for February.  However, despite searching the news archives and records of the Alabama legislature, we were unable to verify whether the state passed any law or resolution in 1836 making Christmas Day a holiday. Regardless, the meme`s claim that Christmas was « illegal in the United States until 1836 » is false in several respects. Several older, highly industrialized states declared Christmas a holiday in the mid-19th century. Massachusetts does a good case study: As burnout rates skyrocketed during the Industrial Revolution, a state lawmaker argued that lack of free time was literally killing workers. Although Massachusetts had a state-sponsored church until 1833, and it`s likely that many workers in the predominantly Christian society would have taken leave anyway, efforts to pass the law came from commercial lobbies rather than religious groups. Poor Robin`s Almanac contained the lines: « Now, thank God for Charles` return, / Whose absence made old Christmas weep. / Because then we barely knew, / If it was Christmas or not.  Many clergy still disapproved of the celebration of Christmas. In Scotland, the Presbyterian Church in Scotland has also advised against celebrating Christmas.
James VI ordered the celebration in 1618, but attendance at the church was rare.  The « For Truth Not Religion » Facebook page posted a meme with blurry images of « public announcements » calling Christmas traditions « satanic practices, » as well as the claim that « Christmas was illegal in the United States until 1836 because it was considered an old pagan holiday »: While a day off work is important, it wasn`t the only purpose of Christmas in this rapidly changing time. Christmas customs foster a sense of community and unity at a time when urbanization, industrialization and the memory of the recent civil war have destabilized many more than ever, Restad says. Not surprisingly, the location of Thanksgiving as a federal holiday dates back to the same period. Meanwhile, people across the country have been trying to bring order to a confusing world, from time zones to department stores. One of the results of this effort was a growing sense of what America meant. Like many memes based on historical facts, claiming that Christmas was illegal in the United States had a little bit of truth — but it blurred some of the truth and painted a misleading picture of the history of the holiday in America. The Puritans, a small group of early Americans, fined Christmas revelers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (a law repealed a century and a half earlier than the meme indicated).