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Some Protestant pastors are canceling their Sunday church services this week because it’s Christmas Day and they fear no one will show up.

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine, Dec. 21, 2022

John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views expressed herein are his own.


John M. GrondelskiDo you ever wonder what happened in Boston on December 25, 1661?

In 1659, Massachusetts Bay Colony, under Puritan leadership, banned the observance of Christmas as “superstitious,” fining anyone caught celebrating it. As in Soviet Russia, the best evidence against any “keeping” of Christmas was to go to work.

Well, December 25, 1661, was a Sunday. And Sundays were the high point of the Massachusetts week, regulated by what one was to do (go to church) and fail to do (work).

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