¿ Who knew ? (they sure didn’t tell us in school!) — In 1659, Massachusetts made it illegal to celebrate Christmas—a ban that lasted for the next 22 years! Some religionistas just don’t know how to party; maybe their puritan long-underwear was too itchy? (The word celebrate comes from Latin, celebrare; to honor.) ¶ Below are a sampling of some of our Christmas cards celebrating love, family, community, gratitude – so much joy over the years.