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This document is a report from Oliver Cromwell dated 1650.

(Catalogue reference: SP 25/15 pages 54 and 55)

This report from State Papers books and accounts refers to the banning of Christmas. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England, he banned Christmas in an effort to rid the country of decadence. Soldiers were ordered to go round the streets and take food being cooked for a Christmas celebration, by using force, if necessary. Traditional Christmas decorations like holly were banned. This move was unpopular with the people of England, many of whom resisted it. The Puritan regime was eventually removed from power when Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660.

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  • The document is written in a clear cursive hand.


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