From "Random thoughts of a random man" on Christmas day :
"So like a good boy or girl, you are going to drive to church this morning, and then come home and have a turkey dinner followed by a mince pie. Well, prepare to go to gaol! An Act of 1551 makes it illegal to go to church on Christmas Day other than on foot, an ordinance of 1588 makes it an offence to eat anything other than a goose today and in 1657 or thereabouts, Oliver Cromwell passed a law banning the eating of mince pies - and none of these laws have ever been repealed! Nonetheless, a happy Christmas to one and all."