A Brief History of Gift Giving in New England and Why That Matters!
New England’s Puritan leaders considered Christmas gifts a “pagan admonition” and any citizen found “celebrating” around Dec. 25th would be sternly reprimanded. But when Christmas celebrations became legal in the 1680’s, gift giving boomed. Rural Americans carved wooden toys and made pieces of needlework in the agricultural off season to give to family members and neighbors. New England Churches began the tradition of Holiday Craft Fairs where their members would supply handmade items, for sale to the public, to raise funds to support the church.