The Croatian government has banned Christmas 2008 parties in the public
sector because of the global financial crisis. They have
also banned New Year festivities, Will and Guy hope that this
officialise is not contagious and that Great Britain being an island
will remain immune form this type of government disease.
In Croatia state-run firms and organisations have also been told that
they won't be allowed to dip into their funds to buy Christmas presents.
Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said there was no need for panic, but the
country had to be serious. 'For that goal we forbid buying of Christmas
and New Year's gifts as well as organising of Christmas and New Year's
receptions,' said Mr Sanader. The only silver lining was the Prime
Minister's belief that these 2008 measures can avert a deeper crisis
Let us go back in time; back to the year of our lord 1695, and to the place called Bay Colony in Massachusetts. We arrive at the meeting house just in time to hear the General
Council pass a law forbidding the celebration of Christmas. To enforce their diktat the Council require a five-shilling fine from anyone caught, 'Observing any such day as Christmas or the like,
either by forbearing of labour, feasting, or any other way.'
We have to remember that in 1695 these colonists were strict Puritans, thus they took the line that there was no Biblical reference to
seasonal excess at Christmas. Consequently, they kept to the pure religious observance of Christmas with no feasting.
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