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November 2008



Written 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


Acknowledgments Introduction 1. First There Was Winter 2. Christmas Comes Late 3. Christmas Is Like a Snowball 4. From Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus 5. And Then There Was Money 6. Wrestling with Christmas Notes Annotated Bibliography Index


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


"Colloquial, straightforward, and colorful... Forbes makes the details delicious."--Historian Magazine "Wonderfully perceptive as well as entertaining."--Santa Fe New Mexican
EAN: 9780520258020
ISBN: 0520258029
Untertitel: A Candid History. 12 b/w photographs. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University of California Press
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2008
Seitenanzahl: 187 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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