Christmas: A Candid History First Edition
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"This book offers an accessible, jargon-free, fast-paced, and reliable historical sketch of Christmas and its evolution from pre-Christian times to the present. Based on sound scholarship and written in a brisk, readable style, it is an excellent book for reference purposes, classroom use, and recreational reading. I might also add, it would make a great Christmas gift."Dell deChant, author of Sacred Santa: Religious Dimensions of Consumer Culture
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0520258029
- Paperback : 196 pages
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0520258020
- Publisher : University of California Press; First Edition (October 10, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #274,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book wasn't geared for someone who's done a lot of reading on the development of the holiday over the years. However, it's a nice overview of the literature on how Christmas developed. I've read many of the books cited. Even so, it was informative and, since it has a terrific bibliography, it gave me lots of ideas for future Christmas reading.
If you don't want to read all those other books, this would be a great choice to start with. There's some talk of the spiritual but more of the book focuses on the secular. It was very good but a bit basic for me. I'd recommend it as a great starter book on the subject.
Was informative and easy to read, although the final chapter was a little too much on top of the 'soapbox' in terms of keeping the Christ in Christmas.
Why is it so hard to find a book about the secular and cultural history of Christmas in America?
Christmas: A Candid History reminds us that Christmas is not a celebration created by Christians. In fact, celebrations around the winter solstice have been around for centuries. Over the years, different cultures and religions have added their traditions. In fact, for a period of time Christians were opposed to all winter celebrations including Christ-oriented celebrations.
I found this book enjoyable, though there was nothing in it I didn’t really know already. It is an easy and compact.