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Christmas in the crosshairs : two thousand years of denouncing and defending the world's most celebrated holiday

Author: G Q Bowler
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An Anglican priest hands out brass knuckles to his congregation, preparing to battle anti-Christmas fanatics. Fascists insist that the Winter Solstice is the real Christmas, while Communists stage atheist musicals outside of churches on Christmas Eve. Activists vandalize shops that start touting the holiday in October and anti-consumerists sing parody carols in shopping malls. Is there a war on Christmas? As Gerry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bowler, G.Q., 1948-
Christmas in the crosshairs.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016031263
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G Q Bowler
ISBN: 9780190499006 0190499001
OCLC Number: 941875052
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 299 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The inventors --
The revivalists --
The tyrants --
The godly and the godless --
The appropriators --
The discontented --
The privatizers.
Responsibility: Gerry Bowler.

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Is there a War on Christmas? Historically, there is and always has been. This book surveys the history of the world's most popular festival and the never-ending battles it has engendered ever since  Read more...

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