Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas as a National Holiday

This year is the 138th anniversary of Christmas a an official national holiday. It began in 1870 when Congress made Christmas a national holiday and President Grant signed it into law. This was not just a whim. The country was still very divided after the Civil War, and this nation holiday was a way to help bring the country together again.

Before the Civil War, the celebration of Christmas was somewhat a dividing factor, with the South being more likely than the North to celebrate it is a formal way. The South was defeated by the North in the war, and perhaps Congress and President Grant throught that formalizing the holiday was a gesture to the South.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, which I would do even if Christmas were not a national holiday!

Read more: novareinna.com/festive/xmas.html

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