"If ever the Catholics or bishops rule again in England they will set the church doors open on Christmas Day, and we shall have mass at the High Altar as was used when the day was first instituted, and not have the holy Eucharist barred out of school, as school boys do their masters against the festival.
What, shall we have our mouths shut to welcome old Christmas?
No, no, bid him come by night over the Thames and we will have a bark door open to let him in.
I will myself give him his diet for one year to try his fortune, this time twelve months may prove better".
17th Century Anon