10 Interesting and Little-Known Facts about Christmas


4. It was once illegal to celebrate Christmas

Unbelievable! Can you imagine never celebrating Christmas? The thing is, from 1647 to 1660, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in England. A leader of England, Oliver Cromwell thought it was immoral to eat and drink on Christmas Eve. He wanted people to think about the birth of Jesus on Christmas. In London, many soldiers went round the streets and took, by force, dishes being cooked for a Christmas dinner. All traditional Christmas decorations were banned, and if anyone showed any signs of celebrating Christmas, they were immediately arrested. For me, it’s really hard to believe!