History and Colonial Christmas Traditions
Christianity in Africa as well as other areas is an adopted denomination that was widely spread in the region during colonial times, the practices that are popular in the colonized regions may differ from those in the European and colonizers areas greatly based on the type of Christianity founders and the climatic conditions. In most parts, the climate doesn’t allow for snow as a form of precipitations and thus any activity and colonial Christmas traditions and crafts that involve snow are hard to be implemented in the African region. Such hindrances to the Christian community have thus read to a change in the colonial Christmas traditions made during the Christmas period as well as affected the decorations of the festive period.
During the colonial periods it was tough in some areas to practice the colonial Christmas traditions since the colonizers mgt have been against a given from of religious practice. The rule of law might have led to the persecution of Christians in given areas as well as the banning of certain Christian festivities such as Christmas. Some of the beliefs were regarded as a heathen practice and it was a crime to undertake in the practice. Some of the most memorable banned colonial Christmas traditions that were banned in the 16th century may include nativity scenes, singing of Christmas carols and any attempt to celebrate the festivity.
In different parts of the world the reaction to Christian celebrations was different such that in New Amsterdam which is now New York, the celebrations were merged to get Santa Clause while in the mid Atlantic colonies there was hardly any resistance to the performance of colonial Christmas traditions and celebrations. In most of the colonies the practice was done as it was done in old England. The practice of Christianity faced several upheavals in different states and regions and some of the challengers wanted to put it out completely while others were in support of the denomination. It was evident and still is in those areas where the colonial Christmas traditions were supported by the government the results were quite friendly and the practices to this day are still fixated on the colonial Christmas traditions inherited from the Christianity founders.