Christmas is renowned in many parts of the world, and while some people love the holiday season, others not so much. From court cases to religious uproar, this jolly time of the year has ruffled some feathers throughout the centuries.
Christmas ban in the United Kingdom and United States
In the 17th century, a movement by English Protestant Puritans saw the celebration of Christmas banned in the United Kingdom and, some time later, in the United States. They believed Christmas was unorthodoxy and rooted in Paganism.
The war on Christmas
It all started with American radio host John Gibson’s book “The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought.” Some Christian groups continue to be worried that Christ is no longer the focus of Christmas.
US president, Donald Trump made reference to ‘The War on Christmas’ during his political campaign, promising to bring Christmas back.
Dutch Santa comes from Spain and has a divisive helper
Santa Claus, known as 'Sinterklaas' in the Netherlands, has a helper called Black Pete. Pete’s personality is usually portrayed with a black face and curly black hair. The festivities start when the Dutch Santa arrives by boat from Spain.
Starbucks Christmas cups
Starbucks, the fast food chain has had Christmas cups since 1997, but it was not until 2015 that their cups spiked a huge storm.
The scheme behind the new all-red cups was that the plan would be inclusive. But Christian groups criticized the plan and accused Starbucks of taking Christ and Christmas off their cups.
Naked nativity scene
The Vatican’s 2017 Christmas confinement scene caused some argument. The reason? A naked man, which, according to detractors, distracted people from what really mattered: the birth of Jesus.
Christmas carol torture
Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was prosecuted six times by inmates for constantly “torturing” them with Christmas songs. But he won all the lawsuits.