In 1692, Invisible Witches Danced in Boston on Christmas Day

From New England Folklore

BY Peter Muise

In 1659, the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony even enacted a law called “Penalty for Keeping Christmas,” which fined anyone who celebrated the holiday.  The law was repealed in 1681 under pressure from the British king, but the Puritans still did not embrace Christmas. They thought it was a holiday for heretics (like Catholics and Anglicans) and for witches, who apparently, liked to celebrate Christmas with dancing. 

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