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Christmas: A Candid History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Publication date October 15, 2007
Pages 179
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780520251045
ISBN-10 0520251040
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Original list price $42.95
Other format details university press
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Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas: A Candid History provides 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 an elf in 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?


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Hardcover
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1 edition from Univ of California Pr (October 15, 2007)
9780520251045 | details & prices | 179 pages | 6.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $42.95
About: Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas: A Candid History provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today.
Paperback
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With Bruce David Forbes | from Univ of California Pr (November 13, 2008)
9780520258020 | details & prices | 179 pages | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $20.95
About: Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas: A Candid History provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today.

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