Americans did not even begin to conceive of Christmas as a national holiday until the middle of the last century. Like many other such 'inventions of tradition', the .
Where did Christmas originate? From the Bible. Consider the following admission from a large American newspaper (The Buffalo News, Nov. 22, 1984): â€œThe .
Most European settlers were Puritans, who did not believe the birth of Christ should be celebrated because his birth date was not given in the Bible. Furthermore, they believed that the celebration, particularly the more decadent aspects derived from pagan festivals, encouraged immoral behavior.
How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25?. . Nissenbaum, The Battle for Christmas: A Cultural History of America's Most Cherished Holiday,
The following set of lecture notes was written by Benjamin K. Swartz, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Ball State University, Indiana, and was formerly .