I have only one phrase to describe this action. Bah humbug. England banned Christmas in 1647! That’s right, a Christian country which was under the rule of possibly the most puritan leadership that the country has ever experienced, banned one of the most holy days on the Christian calendar. What was their deal? Were they secretly plotting against the church, or were they just a bunch of no fun kill joys?
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… We all know the Christmas jingle (search YouTube for the Irish 12 days of Christmas), and it really does sound like a heap of nonsense. Twelve days of Christmas, when it’s actually only one day on the calendar. It must have been made just to make what would have been a very short song that little bit longer. But here’s the thing. The twelve days of Christmas was a real thing, and in England it was a country wide celebration, if you can call it that. Christmas day itself was a Holy day, and revered among the God fearing people, but it also marked the start of the festive twelve days of celebration that lasted until early January.