The Spirit of Christmas

Puritan Christmas BanChristmas has not always been a welcome tradition in the United States. In fact, the Puritans called the holiday un-Christian and upon arrival to the New World back in 1620, actually worked on December 25th.

Even after Puritanism began to wane, an Episcopal bishop in 1827 told his congregation that the devil had actually stolen Christmas by converting it into a day that was filled with shooting, swearing and worldly festivities. All throughout the 1800’s, Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist churches closed their doors on December 25 because they did not accept Christmas Day as holy. In fact, only 18 states recognized Christmas during the Civil War.


Christmas began to gain popularity after Clement Clarke Moore wrote, “Visit from St. Nicholas.” However, it was the weekly drawings by Thomas Nast Harper that really swayed the religious leaders who began to think that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. The drawings featured a white-bearded gentleman called Santa who gave out gifts to children.


In 1881, storefronts began to decorate their windows with Christmas cards, colorful ornaments and brightly wrapped gifts, and in 1888 JP Robert of Stratford in West Ham, unveiled the very first, “Santa’s Grotto,” with the bearded gentleman himself greeting children in order to fulfill their Christmas wish lists. By the late 1890’s it was a tradition to sit on Santa’s knee with storeowners all over the United States creating their own Santa’s Village.

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The larger department stores adopted Christmas during the 1920’s by sponsoring the Christmas Shopping Season kicking off the day after Thanksgiving. However, all was not well with sermons all over the country calling Christmas a huge commercial racket.


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