Christmas: A Biography

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - In christmas: a biography, deftly moving from the origins of the holiday in the roman empire, through Christmas trees in central Europe, legends and history, bestselling author and acclaimed social historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye on myths, 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.

The first known gag holiday gift book, the boghouse miscellany, while in 1805, was advertised in the 1760s ‘for gay Gallants, and good companions’, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged – what else? – presents of underwear and socks. By 1616, the playwright ben jonson was nostalgically remembering Christmas in the old days, certain that it had been better then.

Christmas: A Biography #ad - 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, however, nor even in the USA?Some things, 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. 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.

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Christmas: A Candid History

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University of California Press #ad - Packed with intriguing stories, full of insights, based on research into myriad sources, Christmas songs and movies, the book explores the historical origins of traditions including Santa, the reindeer, the Christmas tree, gift giving, 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?

In a fascinating, the book tells the story of christmas—from its pre-Christian roots, to the holiday's spread across Europe into the Americas and beyond, through the birth of Jesus, concise tour through history, and to its mind-boggling transformation through modern consumerism. Did you knowfor three centuries christians did not celebrate Christmas? Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal? St.

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. 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.

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A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

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Penguin #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. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, means "Go away, etymologically speaking, Christ".

A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions #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.

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The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - The idea that 'home' is a special place, a place where we can be our true selves, a separate place, is so obvious to us today that we barely pause to think about it. But, as judith flanders shows in her best and most ambitious work to date, "home" is a relatively new idea. In the making of home, flanders traces the evolution of the house from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century across northern Europe and America, showing how the homes we know today bear only a faint resemblance to homes though history.

What turned a house into the concept of home? why did northwestern europe, chairs and curtains, Flanders uncovers the fascinating development of ordinary household items--from cutlery, to the fitted kitchen, the capitalist crucible that created modernity? While investigating these important questions, a politically unimportant, sociologically underdeveloped region of the world, suddenly became the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, plumbing and windows--while also dismantling many domestic myths.

The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes #ad - In this prodigiously researched and engagingly written book, but why it happened: how we ended up in a world where we can all say, history, economics, technology and the arts to show not merely what happened, Flanders brilliantly and elegantly draws together the threads of religion, like Dorothy in Oz, "There's no place like home.

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The Origins of Christmas

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

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Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas Stories Behind Books

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Zondervan #ad - Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories behind the great traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays.

Discover how• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation. The evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God. The magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas Stories Behind Books #ad - The traditions of christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of christmas—gifts, stockings, wreaths, mistletoe, carols, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories.

The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones.

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The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Everyone loves a carol—in the end, even Ebenezer Scrooge. But how did they get that magic? andrew gant—choirmaster, tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, unraveling a captivating, church musician, and writer—tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, university professor, and often surprising, shepherd boys and choirboys.

Readers get to delve into the history such favorites as “good king wenceslas, ” and “o, ” “away in a manger, tannenbaum, the herald Angels Sing” came to replace “Hark, ” discovering along the way how “Hark, how all the welkin’ ring” and how Ralph Vaughan Williams applied the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth century American pilgrim to make “O Little Town of Bethlehem.

The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs #ad - A charming book that brims with anecdote, and Christmas spirit, expert knowledge, this is a fittingly joyous account of one of the best-loved musical traditions.  . It’s a kind of magic. They have the power to summon up a special kind of mid-winter mood, like the aroma of gingerbread or the twinkle of lights on a tree.

From oxford professor and renowned British composer, a joyous account of the history behind our favorite carols.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits

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Crown #ad - With warmth, and an infusion of christmas cheer, its most beloved storyteller, wit, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution.

As uplifting as the tale of scrooge itself, this is the story of how Charles Dickens revived the signal holiday of the Western world—now a major motion picture. Just before christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits #ad - The man who invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. The book immediately caused a sensation. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

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The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas

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Howard Books #ad - The true saint nicholas: why he matters to christmas focuses on three aspects of Saint Nicholas—the historical data of his actual life, his legacy in the centuries following his death, and the legendary status that transformed his likeness into the present-day Santa Claus. Reflecting on his life, we discover an inspiring story of devotion to God and a life example of eternal goodness for all time.

Former secretary of education, radio talk-show host, and bestselling author William Bennett blends his historical expertise combined with his gift for storytelling into a fascinating tale as he writes his first Christmas book about the actual story behind the man who ultimately became known as Santa Claus.

The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas #ad - Saint nicholas’s selfless giving is brought to life from its beginnings in the third century, far from where we stand today but ever so relevant to our lives. The book is designed to unveil the heart and life of someone who lived so long ago—and yet whose life remains an example for all people everywhere—an example that calls each of us to a higher order of generosity, giving, and devotion to others.

A historical yet touching rendition of the origins of our modern-day Santa written by an in-demand spokesperson whose penchant for reminding us of the importance of virtue reacquaints us with the true meaning of Christmas.

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Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel

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Flatiron Books #ad - While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. As dickens’ deadlines close in, friendship, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, ambition, and love. Dickens and his Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic.

The story he writes will change Christmas forever. It’s as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it’s all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps. Anthony doerr, #1 new york times bestselling author of all the Light We Cannot SeeLaced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens’ life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr.

Charles dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in. On one of his long night walks, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, in a once-beloved square, who might be just the muse he needs. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel #ad - But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself.

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The Battle for Christmas

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Vintage #ad - 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 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.

Nicholas to the christmas tree and, perhaps most radically, the practice of giving gifts to children. In this intriguing and innovative work of social history, Stephen Nissenbaum rediscovers Christmas's carnival origins and shows how it was transformed, during the nineteenth century, into a festival of domesticity and consumerism.

The Battle for Christmas #ad - Drawing on a wealth of period documents and illustrations, Nissenbaum charts the invention of our current Yuletide traditions, from St. Anyone who laments the excesses of Christmas might consider the Puritans of colonial Massachusetts: they simply outlawed the holiday.

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