We were all immigrants


Christmas was observed only with prayer and penance in a somber early America. It was a regular workday and for children a regular school day. All else was outlawed. But immigrants brought with them the celebratory customs like Christmas trees, Santa Claus, gift-giving and feasting. Ministers warned their congregations about these immoral pagan customs but all were gradually adopted to become the joyous Christmas we now know.


Likewise our present day, much maligned immigrants also come with gifts to enrich our melting pot country. And we are reminded that we were all once immigrants.


Maxine Dexter


Aiken