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Christmas : a biography

Flanders, Judith, author.

New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017

vii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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Presents a tour of Christmas holiday traditions from the original festival through today, touching on subjects ranging from gift wrap and the holiday parade to the first gag holiday gift book and the first official appearance of Santa Claus

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ISBN:

978-1-25011834-9 hardcover

ISBN:

978-1-25011834-9 hardcover

ISBN:

9781250118356 electronic book

LC Call No:

GT4985 .F58 2017

Dewey Class No:

394.2663 23

Author:

Flanders, Judith, author.

Title:

Christmas : a biography / Judith Flanders.

Edition:

First U.S. edition.

Physical:

vii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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BibliogrphyNote:

Includes bibliographical references.

Summary:

Presents a tour of Christmas holiday traditions from the original festival through today, touching on subjects ranging from gift wrap and the holiday parade to the first gag holiday gift book and the first official appearance of Santa Claus

Summary:

"Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence? Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, acclaimed historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood."--Dust jacket flap.

Subject:

Christmas

Subject:

Christmas in popular culture

Subject:

Christmas.

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    $t Title  Twelfth Night --
    $t Title  Epiphany --
    $g Miscellaneous information  (February)
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    $g Miscellaneous information  (March)
    $t Title  Lady day --
    $g Miscellaneous information  (June)
    $t Title  Midsummer --
    $g Miscellaneous information  (September)
    $t Title  Michaelmas --
    $g Miscellaneous information  (November)
    $t Title  All Saints' Day --
    $t Title  All Souls' Day --
    $t Title  St Martin --
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    $t Title  St. Nicholas --
    $t Title  St Lucy of Syracuse --
    $t Title  St Thomas the Apostle --
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    $t Title  St Stephen --
    $t Title  St John the Evangelist --
    $t Title  Feast of the Holy Innocents --
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