In 1692, life in the Puritan village of Salem, Massachusetts was all but exciting. Lives were stressful and fun was considered irreligious. Puritans attended church every Sunday morning for three hours, and they listened to sermons given by the town reverend that warned against evil. Long afternoon sermons were also held. Town members were required by law to attend church services. Traditionally, the women and young girls stayed at home to attend to housework while the boys and the men worked on farms and hunted. The children recieved an education based on the Bible which taught them how to be upstanding citizens in society. They did not observe any holidays because they believed that celebrations had roots in Paganism.