Christmas A Candid History

ISBN-10: 0520258029
ISBN-13: 9780520258020
Edition: 2008
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Description: Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season,Christmas: A Candid Historyprovides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today. In a  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/13/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season,Christmas: A Candid Historyprovides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today. In a fascinating, concise tour through history, the book tells the story of Christmas--from its pre-Christian roots, through the birth of Jesus, to the holiday's spread across Europe into the Americas and beyond, and to its mind-boggling transformation through modern consumerism. Packed with intriguing stories, based on research into myriad sources, full of insights, the book explores the historical origins of traditions including Santa, the reindeer, gift giving, the Christmas tree, Christmas songs and movies, and more. The book also offers some provocative ideas for reclaiming the joy and meaning of this beloved, yet often frustrating, season amid the pressures of our fast-paced consumer culture. DID YOU KNOW For three centuries Christians did not celebrate Christmas? Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal? St. Nicholas is anelfin the famous poem "The Night Before Christmas"? President Franklin Roosevelt changed the dateof Thanksgiving in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season? Coca-Cola helped fashion Santa Claus's look in an advertising campaign?

Bruce David Forbes is Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Jeffrey H. Mahan is Associate Professor of Ministry, Media, and Culture at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and coauthor of Shared Wisdom: A Guide to Case Study Reflection in Ministry (1993).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
First There Was Winter
Christmas Comes Late
Christmas Is Like a Snowball
From Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus
And Then There Was Money
Wrestling with Christmas
Notes Annotated
Bibliography
Index

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