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  - 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

Review: Inventing Christmas: How Our Holiday Came to Be

User Review  - Jenn - Goodreads

I read this book out loud to my 7 year old. She seemed to enjoy it. I got the recommendation for this from Raising Freethinkers, a book on raising children without the indoctrination of religion. I ... Read full review


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

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