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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-01-13 11:57 PM
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2. the only sign of Christmas in the house is a sneaky orange.
Fox would have excoriated Paul and all the other non-Catholic colonists!

As the Revolution begins, the colonists consider celebrating Christmas non-Biblical and something for non-Catholics to be ashamed of, and done only secretively.
BTW, there is also obviously some bigotry against things "Popish," so Bill O'Reilly would not have been beloved. Then again, the revolutionaries pretty much drove out the right wing, who fled to England, Canada or secluded places, far from the folks in the population centers. (Loyalist re-enactors at Paul Revere's home and King's Chapel explain all that. History Detectives on PBS revealed a story about a son living on Cape Cod fleeing to England while his parents stayed put.)

FYI: The Bible does contain an express admonition against bringing trees into the home, as pagans of them did. I'm not sure sure if the Biblical admonition relates specifically to the pagan yule log, which has now been incorporated into the Christmas celebrations (as have so many pagan yule practices).

Buche de Noel, a Christmas favorite, in the shape of a pagan yule log

True, the prohibition against trees in the home is in the Old Testament, but, AFAIK, nothing in the New Testament contradicts it. (The apostle Paul said it was okay for converts from paganism to Christianity to stop eating kosher. I have forgotten if he similarly relieved converts to Christianity from Judaism or people who were born into Christian homes. But, suffice it to say that bacon is very popular.)

And certainly, noting in the Bible tells us to celebrate the birth of Christ. Jesus never said to do so and, after his death, there is nothing saying that the disciples did celebrated his birth. So, if you are raised very Biblically to this day, you do not celebrate. In the very fundamental church that I attended until I was about 15, there were no trees or Christmas decorations in or around the church, not even a nativity scene. However, sermons and hymns near year end did rejoice over the birth of Jesus to deliver us from our sins.
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