Did Congress Meet on Christmas Day? The Story of a Controversy

Bruce David Forbes

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/2013

Issue: Prophets and Politicians (Vol. 33, No 3, Summer, 2013)

The assertion, in a previous Word &World article and elsewhere, that Congress met on Christmas Day in its early years stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy. The issue turns out to be more complex than simple responses allow. It remains true that the American Christmas was not always the cultural colossus it has now become, and the Congressional Record bears implicit witness to that.

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