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Christmas in America: A History 1st Edition
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Some of what you will learn from this book includes the fact that 200 plus years ago, most Christians in America did not celebrate Christmas for various reasons from its debauched history in England to the fact that Christ was not born on December 25; the Founding Fathers did not pay much attention to Christmas, even holding Congress on Christmas Day (again, because of its importance in England) though loosely based on centuries of myth and storytelling, the modern Santa Claus is the product of corporate marketing; Christmas in America did not gain national importance until after the Civil War as way to unite a torn nation.
Though this book is an important resource on a prominant aspect of American History, and a must read for those who wish to fully understand the Christmas holiday and all of its trappings, be warned that this is a bit of a dry read; not because Restad is a bad writer, but the coupling of her historian's approach to the topic and the shear abundance of information, this book suffers a little in the narrative.
A Guide to my Book Rating System:
1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
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This is a clear and easy to read book,based on some exentensive research. Restad tells readers how the holiday came to be in the United States and contains a lot of informtion on... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jake Williams
A great read about history of Christmas Holidays for those serious about the topic. Not for those looking for a Martha Stewart type of Christmas decoration instruction ( nothing... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Thomas A. Kernan
This book covers a wonderful range of topics, with seemingly accurate information, that is both interesting and historical. Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book is an interesting read for anyone interested in that day we call Christmas. Also HIGHLY recommended is a new e-book called
YULE LOG: Events That Happened on... Read more
Excellent historical look at the development of Christmas in the United States as a national holiday. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by David L. Click
At the time of writing this 1995 book, Penne Restad was a lecturer in American History of the University of Texas at Austin. Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by Steven H Propp
This is probably one of the best reference books on the subject I have ever read.
We learn that our emerging nation didn't always take kindly to the celebration of... Read more
I am returning this book---it didn't have anything to tell me that I didn't already know.Published on December 20, 2007 by Jan Odegaard