The women who gave us Christmas

posted by
December 26, 2010
CounterPunch
by William Loren Katz  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary

"Before Christmas emerged as a commercial success it led a checkered social life. In the 13 colonies far from a Silent Night, Holy Night it was known as a heavy drinking, brawling festival, a raucous blend of July 4th and New Years Eve. But as the struggle over slavery in the United States heated up in the 1830s, a band of Christian women abolitionists guided it into a holiday devoted to the prince of peace and emancipation." (12/24/10)

http://counterpunch.org/katz12242010.html  

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