Christmas: A Candid History

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University of California Press #ad - Did you knowfor three centuries christians did not celebrate Christmas? Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal? St. 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.

Packed with intriguing stories, the book explores the historical origins of traditions including Santa, Christmas songs and movies, gift giving, the reindeer, based on research into myriad sources, full of insights, the Christmas tree, and more. Nicholas is an elf in the famous poem "the night before christmas"? President Franklin Roosevelt changed the dateof Thanksgiving in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season? Coca-Cola helped fashion Santa Claus's look in an advertising campaign?

Christmas: A Candid History #ad - The book also offers some provocative ideas for reclaiming the joy and meaning of this beloved, yet often frustrating, season amid the pressures of our fast-paced consumer culture. In a fascinating, through the birth of jesus, to the holiday's spread across Europe into the Americas and beyond, the book tells the story of Christmas—from its pre-Christian roots, concise tour through history, and to its mind-boggling transformation through modern consumerism.

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The Battle for Christmas

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Vintage #ad - Anyone who laments the excesses of Christmas might consider the Puritans of colonial Massachusetts: they simply outlawed the holiday. The puritans had their reasons, since Christmas was once an occasion for drunkenness and riot, when poor "wassailers  extorted food and drink from the well-to-do. In this intriguing and innovative work of social history, during the nineteenth century, Stephen Nissenbaum rediscovers Christmas's carnival origins and shows how it was transformed, into a festival of domesticity and consumerism.

Drawing on a wealth of period documents and illustrations, Nissenbaum charts the invention of our current Yuletide traditions, from St. Nicholas” and a christmas carol, The Battle for Christmas captures the glorious strangeness of the past even as it helps us better understand our present.   . Bursting with detail, filled with subversive readings of such seasonal classics as "A Visit from St.

The Battle for Christmas #ad - Nicholas to the christmas tree and, perhaps most radically, the practice of giving gifts to children.

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Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - The american popular culture and counterculture collided head-on with the national pastime, rocking the once-conservative sport to its very foundations. Hank aaron and lou brock set new heights in power and speed while Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk emerged as October heroes and All-Star characters like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych became pop icons.

Outspoken players embraced free agency, openly advocated drug use, and even swapped wives. For the millions of fans who grew up during this time, and especially those who cared just as much about Oscar Gamble's afro as they did about his average, this book serves up a delicious, Technicolor trip down memory lane.

Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s #ad - Controversial owners such as charlie finley, bill Veeck, and Ted Turner introduced Astroturf, garish polyester uniforms, prime-time World Series, and outlandish promotions such as Disco Demolition Night. The bronx is burning meets chuck klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball's most colorful and controversial decade The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes in the ‘70s than in any other era.

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The Origins of Christmas

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Liturgical Press #ad - It begins when the first christians had little interest in Christ’s Nativity, and it finishes when Christmas had become an integral part of Christian life and Western culture. When was christmas first celebrated? how did december 25 become the date for the feast? how did the bible’s “magi from the east” become three kings named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar who rode camels from three different continents to worship the newborn Christ? How did the Feast of the Nativity generate an entire liturgical season from Advent to Candlemas? Why did medieval and Renaissance artists portray Joseph as an old man? When did the first Christmas music appear? And who was the real Saint Nicholas? These and many other questions are answered in this revised and expanded edition of The Origins of Christmas.

The origins of christmas covers a variety of topics in a concise and accessible style, and is suitable for group discussions. The story of the origins of Christmas is not well known, but it is a fascinating tale.

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Christmas: A Biography

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - In christmas: a biography, bestselling author and acclaimed social historian judith flanders casts a sharp eye on myths, deftly moving from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire, through Christmas trees in central Europe, legends and history, to what might be the first appearance of Santa Claus – in Switzerland – to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.

A critically acclaimed new York Times bestselling author explores the Christmas holiday, from the original festival through present day traditions. Christmas has always been a magical time. The first known gag holiday gift book, the boghouse miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s ‘for gay Gallants, while in 1805, and good companions’, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged – what else? – presents of underwear and socks.

Christmas: A Biography #ad - By 1616, the playwright ben jonson was nostalgically remembering Christmas in the old days, certain that it had been better then. Other elements of christmas are much newer – who would have thought gift-wrap is a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy’s, nor even in the USA?Some things, however, never change.

Christmas is all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a period of eating and drinking. Or has it? thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, the Pope was already warning that too many people were spending the day, not in worship, but in partying and eating to excess.

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A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

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Penguin #ad - We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. Nor do we know that christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on March 28th - and only moved to 25th December in 354 AD. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularising sweet wrappers.

Luckily, like a gift from santa himself, mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense - in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way. The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customsFor something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas.

A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions #ad - We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, etymologically speaking, means "Go away, or that Christmas, Christ".

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Christmas:A short history from solstice to Santa

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Ivy Press #ad - Covering ancient ceremonies, mythology, the gospels and traditions from around the world, Andy Thomas uncovers the fascinating background to one of the biggest festive seasons – Christmas. Have you ever wondered where christmas comes from? Or why and how it has been celebrated throughout the centuries? This book takes you on an intriguing and entertaining journey through its social history.

. Learn about the:astrological associationssymbolism of the nativityexcesses of the Roman festival of SaturnaliaPuritan ban of Christmas Victorian-era revivalintroduction and rise of gift-givingorigins and developments of Father Christmasfood and traditions from around the worldhistory of its stories, songs and symbolsAndy is a lecturer and author on folklore, histories and unexplained mysteries and has made numerous appearances on radio and TV.

Christmas:A short history from solstice to Santa #ad - Beautifully illustrated, this book tells the fuller story behind the sparkle and the merriment, and shows why Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.

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In the First Circle: The First Uncensored Edition

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Harper Perennial #ad - Willetts, here for the first time is the complete, definitive English edition of Solzhenitsyn's powerful and magnificent classic. He and his fellow prisoners are charged with using their abilities to sleuth out the caller's identity, and they must choose whether to aid Joseph Stalin's repressive state—or refuse and accept transfer to the Siberian Gulag camps.

And almost certain death. First written between 1955 and 1958, In the First Circle is Solzhenitsyn's fiction masterpiece. Now with the help of the author's most trusted translator, Harry T. In order to pass through soviet censors, many essential scenes—including nine full chapters—were cut or altered before it was published in a hastily translated English edition in 1968.

In the First Circle: The First Uncensored Edition #ad - The thrilling cold war masterwork by the nobel prize winner, published in full for the first timeMoscow, Christmas Eve, 1949. The soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is locked away inside a Moscow prison that houses the country's brightest minds.

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Christmas in America: A History

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Oxford University Press #ad - As penne restad reveals in this marvelous new book, it has always been an ambiguous meld of sacred thoughts and worldly actions-- as well as a fascinating reflection of our changing society. In christmas in america, Restad brilliantly captures the rise and transformation of our most universal national holiday.

But the history of Christmas cannot be summed up so easily as the commercialization of a sacred day. In colonial times, it was celebrated either as an utterly solemn or a wildly social event--if it was celebrated at all. In the twentieth century, Christmas seeped into every niche of our conscious and unconscious lives to become a festival of epic proportions.

Christmas in America: A History #ad - The homecoming significance of the holiday increased with the Civil War, forged out of borrowed and invented custom alike, and by the end of the nineteenth century a full- fledged national holiday had materialized, and driven by a passion for gift-giving. Nicholas was particularly popular in the Netherlands, even after the Reformation, and aided by such men as Washington Irving.

Virginians hunted, danced, and feasted. Well-to-do townspeople displayed a german novelty, the decorated fir tree, in their parlors; an enterprising printer discovered the money to be made from Christmas cards; and a hodgepodge of year-end celebrations began to coalesce around December 25 and the figure of Santa.

The manger or macy's? americans might well wonder which is the real shrine of Christmas, as they take part each year in a mix of churchgoing, shopping, and family togetherness. City dwellers flooded the streets in raucous demonstrations.

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