Monday 23 October 2017

Many have tried but no one has yet succeeded in killing off Christmas

Molly Daly (centre) from St Joseph’s nursery school during the opening of the Irish Farmers’ Association Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin last week.
Molly Daly (centre) from St Joseph’s nursery school during the opening of the Irish Farmers’ Association Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin last week.
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

There is a growing number of secularists and agnostics in Ireland who seek to remove faith from the public square. This includes "taking the Christ from Christmas", this being the agenda for Abie Philbin Bowman's witty enterprise of a godless "Assembly" replacing Sunday church-going.

Yet modern-day secularists would not be the first to try and change Christmas. There is a long tradition of Christmas-bashing and even suppressing it, going back to Cromwell's time.

The Lord Protector's regime prohibited celebrations at Christmas and even went to the trouble of outlawing mince pies as a form of pagan gluttony.

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