starter activity. Would a government really ban Avatar? Read the statements your teacher gives and decide if they are true or false. Explain why the government might ban some of these things?. Key words: Puritan prohibit repeal. Why was Christmas banned?. Learning objectives.
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Would a government really ban Avatar? Read the statements your teacher gives and decide if they are true or false. Explain why the government might ban some of these things?
A public notice from the seventeenth century. Why would Puritans want to ban Christmas?
Bible used as a guide to life
Appearance – simple, plain clothes
Food – simple
Sunday – ‘Lord’s Day’, keep it holy; no games
Behaviour – laws against drunkenness & swearing; adultery punishable by death
Free time – bear-baiting, horse-racing & cock fighting suppressed; alehouses & theatres closed; gambling banned; May Day & festivals banned
Devise an acronym to help remember key characteristics of Puritanism.
Read Wilkes p.56 or Dawson p.76 and note down why the Puritans didn’t like Christmas.
Assess how successful the laws were banning Christmas
Read on and list the reasons why the laws were eventually repealed.
Christmas Day abolished 1652
Christmas was not a true Christian tradition – originally pagan festival
BUT … carol singing & private feasting continued, shops closed for Christmas holidays
Cromwell’s head was mummified and displayed outside Parliament
Read Wilkes, p.54-7 or Dawson, p.76-77 and complete a table similar to the one below: