Christmas: The Sacred To Santa by Tara MooreChristmas: The Sacred To Santa by Tara Moore

Christmas: The Sacred To Santa

byTara Moore

Paperback | November 15, 2015

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Black Friday. The War on Christmas. Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. From shopping malls and Fox News to movie theaters, Christmas no longer solely celebrates to the birth of Christ. Considering the holiday in its global context, Christmas journeys from its historical origins to its modern incarnation as a global commercial event, stopping along the way to look at the controversies and traditions of the celebratory day.
Delving into the long story of this unifying but also divisive holiday, Tara Moore describes the evolution of Christmas and the deep traditions that bind a culture to its version of it. She probes the debates that have long accompanied the season-from questions of the actual date of Christ's birth to frictions between the sacred and the secular-and discusses the characters associated with the holiday's celebration, including Saint Nicholas, the Magi, Scrooge, and Krampus. She also explores how customs such as Christmas trees, feasting, and gift giving first emerged and became central facets of the holiday, while also examining how Christmas has been portrayed in culture-from the literary works of Charles Dickens to the yearly bout of holiday films, television specials, traditional carols, and modern tracks. Ultimately, Moore reveals, Christmas's longevity has depended on its ability to evolve. Packed with illustrations, Christmas is a fascinating look at the holiday we only think we know.
Tara Moore teaches in the writing program at Penn State York and is the author of Victorian Christmas in Print.
Title:Christmas: The Sacred To SantaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1780235143

ISBN - 13:9781780235141


Table of Contents


1. The Original Christmas

2. Early Celebrations and Customs

3. Christmas in Art and Culture

4. Christmas Outlawed

5. Christmas Away from Home

6. Commercial Christmas

7. Characters of Christmas

8. The Imported Global Christmas

9. Public Christmas

10. Christmas and the Church


Further Reading
Photo Acknowledgements

Editorial Reviews

“An informative and intriguing page-turner. If there is anything to be known about Christmas, you will find it here.”