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Hooray for anachronisms!

Media Matters reports on a recent O’Reilly comment:

The Founding Fathers didn’t want all mention of Christmas stricken from the public arena.

You know, I don’t think they cared, considering Christmas at that point was an English custom consisting of getting drunk, wandering the streets, and singing (badly, I imagine).

Plus, as MM notes, celebrating it was illegal in certain places and Congress was in session during the first Christmas under our constitution.

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  1. November 3, 2005 at 11:39 pm

    The current American Christmas was imported by the “cultural elite” from England during the reign of Queen Victoria, although much of it was actually a further import from the German customs of Prince Albert.

    Charles Dickens also had a hand with his novel A Christmas Carol, although it was still essentially an upper-class East Coast celebration.

  2. November 4, 2005 at 11:42 am

    If I remember correctly, it wasn’t really imported at all. The modern Christmas was essentially invented by Washington Irving (A Christmas Carol helped as well) to sort of calm down the lower classes. He drew from the Dutch tradition of Santa Claus (sort of) and basically created a mythology that hadn’t actually existed. Later, we assimilated traditions like the German Christmas tree and some other pagan ones.

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