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Christmas : a candid history

Author: Bruce David Forbes
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 consumer culture."--Page 2 of cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce David Forbes
ISBN: 9780520251045 0520251040 9780520258020 0520258029
OCLC Number: 77767039
Description: xiv, 179 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
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Presents an entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today. This book tells the story of Christmas - from its pre-Christian roots, through the birth of  Read more...

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"Colloquial, straightforward, and colorful... Forbes makes the details delicious." Historian Magazine "Wonderfully perceptive as well as entertaining." Santa Fe New Mexican

 
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