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Americans re-invented Christmas, and changed it from a raucous carnival holiday into a family-centered day of peace and nostalgia. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink. The sketches feature a squire who invited the peasants into his home for the holiday.

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It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by and to England by the end of the sixth century. In addition, most wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking. Because of his presence, many people chose to stay inside.

Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. People looked toward recent immigrants and Catholic and Episcopalian churches to see how the day should be celebrated. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.

Get two months off on your gift subscription today. The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the s. Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. It was believed that Mithra, an infant god, was born of a rock.

It is commonly believed