The 12th Day of Christmas: Did We Celebrate Christmas in Early American History?

While I don’t agree with all of his criticism about the puritans, notice Stephen Nissenbaum’s research in his book The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum. In Chapter 1: New England’s War on Christmas, he says:

In New England, for the first two centuries of white settlement most people did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, the holiday was systematically suppressed by Puritans during the colonial period and largely ignored by their descendants.