While some people happily accepted the new puritan ways, others were far less willing to give up the things they loved. In 1647, Oliver Cromwell, England’s head of state, ordered a ban on Christmas.
In Ipswich, people armed with spiked clubs wandered the streets persuading shops to close on Christmas Day despite what the Puritan law had ordered. They still wanted to celebrate. Among the chaos was a man actually named Christmas, who subsequently died in the following riots.