[U.S. Religious History] During the first Christmas under America's new Constitution, the Congress was in session. This fact may seem odd today, but at the time Christmas was no t a major Christian holiday. As a matter of fact, Christmas had a bad reputation among many Christians as a time of un-Christian excess and partying. Between 1659 and 1681, celebrating Christmas was actually illegal in Boston and anti-Christmas sentiment in the North prevented the day from becoming a national holiday until 1870.
-- 1831 December 25
Sidney Rigdon's lecture.
-- 1832 Dec 25
[Black History] Joseph Smith Jr. predicts slave revolt,
-- 1832, December 25
Revelation and Prophecy on War (D&C 87) received by Joseph Smith. [See Civil War Prophecy.]
-- 1832 25 December
Joseph Smith received the prophecy on war (D&C 87).
-- 1832 December 25
I prophesy, in the name of the Lord God. that the commencement of the difficulties which will cause much bloodshed previous to the coming of the Son of Man. will be in South Carolina: (it may probably arise through the Slave Question; this a voice declared to me. while I was praying earnestly on the subject: December 25th, 1832. MH-A, 244
-- 1832 December 25
Kirtland. Conference of high priests. Joseph receives D&C 88:1-126, the Olive Leaf. Holy spirit of promise the second comforter; three degrees glory; eye single to my glory; he will unveil his face; idle thoughts; call a solemn assembly; teach one another; warn Gentiles; be clean; last days; resurrection, thousand years; prepare; virtues enjoined.
Minutes of December 27, 1832
-- 25-Dec 1832
Joseph Smith predicts civil war.
-- December 25, 1832
[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith received Doctrine & Covenants 87, a revelation containing prophecies about wars, most notably the forthcoming American Civil War.
-- 1832 25 Dec.
[Joseph Smith] Joseph Smith dictates a revelation and prophecy "concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina [which seceded in 1860 and fired on Ft. Sumter in 1861] For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern states will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain [es-63]after many days, slaves shall rise up against their masters, who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war [in the Union's African-American combat units, 1864-65]. And it shall come to pass also that the remnants who are left of the land [native American Indians] will marshal themselves, and shall become exceedingly angry, and shall vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation [which began with the Sioux Uprising of 1862]." This manuscript prophecy, is first published in the 1851 edition of the Pearl of Great Price.
-- 1832 Dec 25
[Lucy Mack Smith] Revelation on war given (D&C 87).
-- 1837 December 25
The first Conference of the Latter-day Saints in England was held in the Cock Pit, Preston. During this mouth a somewhat extensive apostacy took place in Kirtland.
-- 1838 December 25
Joseph's brother, Don Carlos, and cousin George A. Smith return from missions in Kentucky and Tennessee. "When nearly home they were known and pursued by the mob, which compelled them to travel one hundred miles in two days and nights. The ground at the time was slippery, and a severe northwest wind was blowing in their faces; they had but little to eat, and narrowly escaped freezing both nights." HC 3:241.
-- 1843 25 Dec.
[Anointed Quorum] Brigham Young performed a monogamous marriage for Anointed Quorum member Levi Richards. This was recorded in "Meetings of anointed Quorum  Journalizings," even though his wife was not endowed and there was apparently no formal meeting of the quorum. Perhaps members of the Anointed Quorum held a prayer circle as part of the marriage ceremony (MAQ, MHBY).
-- 25-Dec 1843
Orson Pratt returns to Nauvoo.
-- December 25, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was serenaded in the morning by Sister Lettice Rushtons family, and later that evening he and his wife, Emma Smith, hosted a dinner for 50 couples.
-- 1846 25 Dec.
[Joseph Smith] William Smith writes Strang that Emma Smith "would not let him [Joseph Smith III] have anything to do with Mormonism at present."
-- 1925 25 December
South America dedicated for missionary work by Melvin J. Ballard.
/Mormon Church History Chronology/