A Puritan Christmas

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Why did Cromwell and the Puritans ban Christmas celebrations?

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A Puritan Christmas

  1. 1. Merry Christmas!
  2. 3. Merry Christmas! Stop!
  3. 4. Christmas is Banned!
  4. 5. Christmas is Banned I’m Oliver Cromwell, and I’m in charge now! Christmas is a SIN!
  5. 6. How Serious Were the Puritans? Learning Objective : Understand what life was like when Puritans were in power.
  6. 7. Who were the Puritans? <ul><li>The Puritans were a very strict (extreme) type of Protestants who were around in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. </li></ul><ul><li>They believed that the Church had become corrupt and sinful. </li></ul><ul><li>They wanted to purify religion by using the Bible as the word of law on earth. </li></ul>
  7. 8. But why ban Christmas? <ul><li>Christmas was a human invention, not in the Bible. </li></ul><ul><li>It was too closely linked to old Pagan (Pre-Christian) beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>The idea of a ‘mass’ for Christ just smelled of Catholicism! </li></ul><ul><li>So it was banned in England in 1647! </li></ul>
  8. 9. That wasn’t the only reason... <ul><li>Puritans also hated the... </li></ul><ul><li>gluttony </li></ul><ul><li>drunken-ness </li></ul><ul><li>dancing </li></ul><ul><li>gambling </li></ul><ul><li>begging </li></ul><ul><li>singing </li></ul>Unlike this cat – they were not party animals!
  9. 10. How did they stop people? Soldiers patrolled the streets – they were even on the sniff for the smell of roast goose! What’s that I can smell? Hay! As if I eat roast goose! Hay, hay? Geddit?
  10. 11. Puritan Names Wrestling-with-the-devil The-Lord-Is-Near And... Mercy-me Increased Praise-God Fear-God Fear-not Ashes Sorry-for-sin Kill-sin Delivery Faith Discipline Dust Earth Free Gift
  11. 12. What else was banned? Bear-baiting
  12. 13. and Cockfighting
  13. 14. and Horse-racing
  14. 15. and Wrestling
  15. 16. and Ale-houses (Pubs)
  16. 17. and Theatre
  17. 18. And even...
  18. 19. And if that makes you want to scream.... @#&*$%!! Even swearing was banned!
  19. 20. In fact...on Sundays it was worse!
  20. 21. and
  21. 22. And above all...not going to....
  22. 23. It’s not as if Puritan churches were comfortable....
  23. 24. And the punishments? <ul><li>Usually fines </li></ul>
  24. 25. But often...
  25. 26. But often...
  26. 27. But often...
  27. 28. or
  28. 29. or
  29. 30. or
  30. 31. Or even
  31. 32. So....enjoy your Christmas holiday... For their sakes!
  32. 34. Writing a paragraph... <ul><li>I learnt today about the Puritans and their beliefs. They believed that people had to ........ because...... </li></ul><ul><li>Many things we take for granted were banned, such as...... I think this was because....... </li></ul><ul><li>I think that Puritans were very serious because......however not everyone agreed with them because...... </li></ul>

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