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Christmas Banned

Christmas is a time for celebration but the festive season was once banned in England for almost 20 years, sparking a second Civil War. University of Warwick historian Professor Bernard Capp said the ban was put in place by the Puritan government in 1647 as they believed Christmas was used as an excuse for drunkenness, promiscuity, gambling and other forms of excess.

Why was Christmas banned for almost 20 years in England

14:43 Fri 18 Dec 2009

Historian Professor Bernard Capp reveals how a ban on Christmas sparked a second Civil War in England

History, Religion, Society