1. Some history-At one time in this country, it was European and American Christianity that did not want the country celebrating this holiday. On Christmas day in 1706 in Boston, a crowd of people started rioting in the streets. There were fist fights and church windows even got broke out. One side favored celebrating Christmas and the other opposed all observances. One the pro-Christmas side was Congregationalists (Puritan descendants), Baptists and Presbyterians and on the other side were mostly Anglicans (Episcopalians). The debate went on until the middle of the 18th century. Alabama became the first state to make Christmas a legal holiday, after that other states followed with Massachusetts legalizing Christmas in 1856 and Oklahoma being the last. Ulysses S. Grant declared it a legal holiday in 1870 after Burton Chauncey Cook (Illinois) introduced a bill to congress. After passing congress the bill went to the senate and passed on June 24, 1870: then going to President Grant to be signed four days later. So the fight over whether the country should celebrate Christmas is not a new fight,... [continues]
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