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I had intended to compose a timely summary of how the Puritans and their non-Puritan contemporaries in Rhode Island observed Christmas - or not - but Christy Robinson beat me to it! I highly recommend that you check out her excellent post: http://marybarrettdyer.blogspot.com/2011/12/mary-dyer-and-christmas.html
Some clicks and Googles later, I find the document ascribed to both Pilgrims and Puritans, somewhere in New England in the 1700s. The most specific citation, and the one which is the most believable said that it was printed in Massachusetts in 1660.
The reason that I believe that citation was because I found the Massachusetts law forbidding Christmas celebrations on pain of a five-shilling fine. It was enacted in October 1658. So while a quick search didn't turn up exactly when and where the above document was printed, I did find the law that it cited, enacted two years earlier. Below is a printout, which also demonstrates the Puritans' dislike of gaming with cards and dice, which were apparently popular activities during Christmas "feastivals."
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The Massachusetts Puritans' law indeed ordered a five-shilling fine for observing Christmas. So, be grateful that times have changed. We can now legally take Christmas day off, feast and exchange gifts, and wear fancy clothes without being considered Satanic. In that case, let me wish a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all of you!