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Christmas in America : a history

Author: Penne L Restad
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996. ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A history of Christmas that explains how the holiday came to be celebrated as it is in America, looking at how it has been recognized or ignored at various times and places, and discussing the invention of tradition that has made Christmas the nation's most widely celebrated event.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Penne L Restad
ISBN: 0195093003 9780195093001 0195109805 9780195109801
OCLC Number: 228670421
Notes: "First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 1996."
Description: x, 219 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: European inheritances: Christmas in the Colonies --
Red-letter days: Christmas and the new American calendar --
The beginnings of a modern Christmas --
Home for Christmas: family, religion, and Santa Claus --
Home for Christmas: Christmas trees and Christmas giving --
Christmas in the Slave South --
A holiday for the nation --
A traditional American Christmas --
Gilding Christmas: gifts, charity, and commerce --
The American Santa Claus --
A frame of mind: Christmas in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Penne L. Restad.

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Describing the evolution of Christmas celebrations in America, this study describes how there came about such holiday traditions as Santa Claus, Christmas trees and gift-giving. The book also  Read more...

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a charmingly informative work of social history * Sally Singer, The Guardian * both informative and illuminating, a gem of cultural history ... Best of all, Restad offers an intelligent and richly Read more...

 
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