Did the Puritans Have Fun?
There is a common misunderstanding about the Puritans. Many think that they were ultra-prudish kill-joys. Now they were conservative, and certainly their version of "fun" may not be fun to the average unconverted sinner. However, the Puritans could have fun. They held celebrations and feasts often. During these events and at home, they sang and told stories. Children had homemade toys to play with and were allowed to play games with their parents' permission. Wine and beer drinking in moderation were common place. Puritans would also read books, go to church, hunt, and fish. They kept diaries, wrote sermons, psalm books, literature, and made art all while seeking to avoid vice. At least that was their goal. I seriously doubt every one of them were perfect in their quest for holiness. In fact I know different. If you have read "The Valley of Vision," or any other Puritan work, you will see that they lamented their own sin greatly and sought to have a better relationship to God on a daily basis. So the next time someone tells you that the Puritans were "evil legalistic prudes," you can tell them you know different. I will leave you with a great work from a Puritan called Resting in God.
"O God, most high, most glorious, the thought of Thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but Thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfilment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, Thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are Thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.