The puritans got modern American cuisine off to a bad start.
For them, as for the puritans, Christmas is a gaudy distortion of the original message of Jesus.
Is it because, as a lot of critics say, deep down we always have been and always will be puritans at heart?
The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually.
Historically, the puritans banned Christmas from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1659.
This overt act was just what was desired by the wily puritans.
On his return, he married "Lydia Tindall, of the denomination of puritans."
When the puritans had gained the upper hand they proceeded to the suppression not only of abuses, but of the festival itself.
But the shout set up by the puritans announced to them that their movement had been detected.
Its success was instantaneous, though neither the puritans nor Mr. Pepys could quite see the joke.
1560s, "opponent of Anglican hierarchy," later applied opprobriously to "person in Church of England who seeks further reformation" (1570s), probably from purity. Largely historical from 19c. in literal sense. After c.1590s, applied to anyone deemed overly strict in matters of religion and morals.
What [William] Perkins, and the whole Puritan movement after him, sought was to replace the personal pride of birth and status with the professional's or craftsman's pride of doing one's best in one's particular calling. The good Christian society needs the best of kings, magistrates, and citizens. Perkins most emphasized the work ethic from Genesis: "In the swaete of thy browe shalt thou eate thy breade." [E. Digby Baltzell, "Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia," 1979]
A group of radical English Protestants that arose in the late sixteenth century and became a major force in England during the seventeenth century. Puritans wanted to “purify” the Church of England by eliminating traces of its origins in the Roman Catholic Church. In addition, they urged a strict moral code and placed a high value on hard work (see work ethic). After the execution of King Charles I in 1649, they controlled the new government, the Commonwealth. Oliver Cromwell, who became leader of the Commonwealth, is the best-known Puritan.
Note: Many Puritans, persecuted in their homeland, came to America in the 1620s and 1630s, settling colonies that eventually became Massachusetts. (See Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony.)
Note: The words puritan and puritanical have come to suggest a zeal for keeping people from enjoying themselves.