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When people came to America, they brought the traditions from their homeland with them. In 17th and 18th century America some honored Christmas Day while others did not. This divide was often determined by the church you attended because some denominations said there was no Biblical command to celebrate Christmas! However, over time, various customs were borrowed or melded with the practices of others in the neighborhood, and by the latter part of the 19th century, an American tradition of Christmas began to emerge that united various cultural customs.

Consider how Christmas changed in America over three centuries. From the attitude of some in the 18th century who considered Christmas a day of prayer and fasting to the evolution of Santa Claus through the 19th & 20th century.

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