Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Christmas in 18th Century California
I was surprised to learn that both the Jesuits and Franciscans did not make special efforts to celebrate the birth of Christ. They simply held a routine Mass and provided a bit extra in the daily meal. No exchange of gifts nor anything like a Creche. The big celebration came at Easter which was the basis of their teachings to the natives - Life Eternal if one became devoted to Jesus.