Inventing Christmas: how our holiday came to be

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H.N. Abrams, Oct 14, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 128 pages
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For millions of Americans, young and old alike, Christmas is a fat jolly Santa Claus with a bag full of presents, carolers singing Yuletide hymns, and a lovingly decorated tree glowing with the joy of the season. But where did the best-loved traditions that make Christmas America's favorite holiday originate?

With charming vintage illustrations by famous artists such as Thomas Nast, Everett Shinn, Al Hirschfeld, Arthur Rackham, and many others, Inventing Christmas explains how most of our cherished traditions evolved over the 25-year period from 1822 (when Clement Clarke Moore's A Visit from St. Nicholas was published) to 1848. The author, who has been collecting Christmas ephemera for over 50 years, shows how Santa, the Christmas tree, gift-giving, and Scrooge all came to signify Christmas -- in what is surely the ultimate gift book and stocking stuffer for lovers of this holiday, its customs, and its collectibles.

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Review: Inventing Christmas: How Our Holiday Came to Be

User Review  - Sally - Goodreads

This book is notable for its many colored illustrations from the author's impressive collection of Christmas memorabilia. The text is satisfactory, especially for those curious about the development of US customs such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees and cards, and carols. Read full review

Review: Inventing Christmas: How Our Holiday Came to Be

User Review  - Jason Milligan - Goodreads

This book is primarily a cursory look at the history of Christmas wrapped in images from the authors expansive collection of Christmas books and ephemera. The writing is mediocre and the facts are ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
37
Section 3
38
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About the author (2002)

Elliot is Chairman Emeritus of the advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather.

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