A Candid History
By (author) Bruce David Forbes
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Christmas by Bruce David Forbes
Book DescriptionWritten 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 date of Thanksgiving in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season. Coca-Cola helped fashion Santa Claus' look in an advertising campaign.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520258020
(203mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce David Forbes
America's Favorite Holidays, Paperback (November 2015)
Was Christmas always as commercialized as it is today? Is Thanksgiving a religious or secular holiday? When did we begin trick-or-treating on Halloween? This book reveals answers to questions about each holiday's traditions.
Religion and Popular Culture in America, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Bruce David Forbes
Talks about the connection between American popular culture and religion. This book offers insights into what popular culture reveals about the nature of American religion today.
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Author Biography - Bruce David Forbes
Bruce David Forbes, Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College, is coeditor, with Jeffrey Mahan of Religion and Popular Culture in America (UC Press) and coeditor, with Jeanne Halgren Kilde, of Rapture, Revelation, and the End Times: Exploring the Left Behind Series
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