December 21

In the US, Christmas wasn’t a holiday — in fact Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the country’s first Christmas under the new constitution. Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.  Americans continued the “No Christmas” tradition, and even congress remained in session during Christmas day for 67 years because many of the Americans were even more orthodox then the British counterparts, going as far as to fine individuals 5 shillings for exhibiting “Christmas Spirit”

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