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Christmas in the Colonies. Christmas in England. Celebrated as an “Adult Party” lots of food, gambling and drinking. . Father Christmas brings “Good Cheer”. No presents for children. Christmas in the Southern Colonies. Practiced the same as in England.

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Christmas in england
Christmas in England

  • Celebrated as an “Adult Party” lots of food, gambling and drinking.

Father Christmas brings “Good Cheer”

No presents for children

Christmas in the southern colonies
Christmas in the Southern Colonies

Practiced the same as in England.

Slaves were given the day off from work

Horse races were very popular

Christmas in the new england colonies
Christmas in the New England Colonies

  • The celebration of Christmas was forbidden by the Puritans

'More mischief is that time committed than in all the year besides ... What dicing and carding, what eating and drinking, what banqueting and feasting is then used ... to the great dishonour of God and the impoverishing of the realm.'

Christmas in the middle colonies
Christmas in the Middle Colonies

Froehliche Weihnachten!

The German’s

  • German Quakers do not celebrate


  • “Christkindl” (messanger of Baby Jesus) brings small presents to children.

  • The “Tannenbaum”

    (Christmas Tree) is a

    tradition from before


Christmas in the middle colonies1
Christmas in the Middle Colonies

The Dutch

  • “Sinterklaas” brings presents to good children. He carries a big sack of toys.

Sinterklaas lives in Spain and arrives by boat then delivers presents by riding a gray horse on the rooftops.

'ZwartePieten’ Santa’s Helpers

Sint nicolaasfeest

If you are bad
If you are BAD!!!

Krampus in Germany would put bad kids into his sack and carry them off.

Krampus would hit bad kids with “ruten” bundles of gold painted sticks