The History Of Christmas

Author: Heather Lefebvre
Publisher: CF4Kids
ISBN: 9781527103344
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The History of Christmas will take you on a journey from Christ's birth in Bethlehem, through Roman times and the Middle Ages, into the Reformation and then the Victorian era. You will finally touch down in our modern-day Christmas with all the things that make us think of this wonderful season - decorations, presents, delicious food. But as you take this amazing journey, you will discover the surprising twists and turns that Christmas has taken over the years. Come alongside the men and women from the past as they try to figure out how Christmas should, or should not, be celebrated. Let the story of Jesus remind you of the real reason we celebrate at this time of year - that the Son of God was born as a baby and then lived and died to save sinners. Marvel at the the beauty of history and the way that God works in our everyday lives year after year. As you think about Christmas may you be drawn closer to Christ and inspired to show His love to those around you. Extra Features: Scripture Readings; Discussion Questions; Recipes and Activities.

Christmas

Author: Bruce David Forbes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520258020
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"In a fascinating, concise tour through history, the book tells the story of Christmas-from its pre-Christian roots, through the birth of Jesus, to the holiday's spread across Europe into the Americas and beyond, and to its mind-boggling transformation through modern consumer culture."--Page 2 of cover.

Christmas In America

Author: Penne L. Restad
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195355093
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The manger or Macy's? Americans might well wonder which is the real shrine of Christmas, as they take part each year in a mix of churchgoing, shopping, and family togetherness. But the history of Christmas cannot be summed up so easily as the commercialization of a sacred day. As Penne Restad reveals in this marvelous new book, it has always been an ambiguous meld of sacred thoughts and worldly actions-- as well as a fascinating reflection of our changing society. In Christmas in America, Restad brilliantly captures the rise and transformation of our most universal national holiday. In colonial times, it was celebrated either as an utterly solemn or a wildly social event--if it was celebrated at all. Virginians hunted, danced, and feasted. City dwellers flooded the streets in raucous demonstrations. Puritan New Englanders denounced the whole affair. Restad shows that as times changed, Christmas changed--and grew in popularity. In the early 1800s, New York served as an epicenter of the newly emerging holiday, drawing on its roots as a Dutch colony (St. Nicholas was particularly popular in the Netherlands, even after the Reformation), and aided by such men as Washington Irving. In 1822, another New Yorker named Clement Clarke Moore penned a poem now known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," virtually inventing the modern Santa Claus. Well-to-do townspeople displayed a German novelty, the decorated fir tree, in their parlors; an enterprising printer discovered the money to be made from Christmas cards; and a hodgepodge of year-end celebrations began to coalesce around December 25 and the figure of Santa. The homecoming significance of the holiday increased with the Civil War, and by the end of the nineteenth century a full- fledged national holiday had materialized, forged out of borrowed and invented custom alike, and driven by a passion for gift-giving. In the twentieth century, Christmas seeped into every niche of our conscious and unconscious lives to become a festival of epic proportions. Indeed, Restad carries the story through to our own time, unwrapping the messages hidden inside countless movies, books, and television shows, revealing the inescapable presence--and ambiguous meaning--of Christmas in contemporary culture. Filled with colorful detail and shining insight, Christmas in America reveals not only much about the emergence of the holiday, but also what our celebrations tell us about ourselves. From drunken revelry along colonial curbstones to family rituals around the tree, from Thomas Nast drawing the semiofficial portrait of St. Nick to the making of the film Home Alone, Restad's sparkling account offers much to amuse and ponder.

The History Of Christmas

Author: Helen Cox Cannons
Publisher:
ISBN: 1474762204
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This book answers all the questions that you want to know about Christmas and the traditions that we have in Britain: why we sing carols, why we send cards, why we eat turkey or goose, why we have crackers, why Father Christmas comes and so much more. Read this and jingle your friends' bells with all your Christmas knowledge!

A Visual History Of Christmas

Author: Darren Shupe
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ISBN: 9781708701086
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A Visual History of Christmas follows the evolution of Christmas traditions from ancient times to modern days. From the sacred plants of the pagans that developed into decorations of Christian homes, to Christmas hymns and carols, to the creation of European Christmas markets, to the beginning of Saint Nicholas and his eventual transformation into Santa Claus, and finally to the celebration of Christmas Day itself, A Visual History Of Christmas takes the reader on a tour of Christmas history that begins in the middle east and journeys to Europe, and to North America. Each chapter begins with a concise historical overview, followed by vintage artwork. Chapter One: The Plants of Christmas - The plants that the Romans, Egyptians, Celts, and other cultures kept sacred are discussed, and how they influenced Christian Germanic culture to employ Yule logs and trees at Christmas. 18th and 19th century illustrations follow. Chapter Two: The Oldest Christmas Carols - The origins of hymns and carols with vintage lyrics guides you through the history of vintage Christmas music. This chapter includes a few illustrations from 19th century caroling. Chapter Three: The Christmas Markets - The history of European Christmas markets gives a view of centuries of Christmas commerce and celebration. A few vintage illustrations of Christmas markets are included. Chapter Four: The Gift-Givers - The earliest gift-givers, such as the Magi, that preceded Saint Nicholas, are the starting point in the history of gift-giving in folklore. From the real historical Saint Nicholas, who transforms into Father Christmas, and then into Santa Claus, gift-giving has a long history spanning thousands of years. Vintage artwork from the 1600s to the early 20th century shows the progression from Father Christmas to Santa of the 20th century. The 1821 illustration of Santa shown is the first known image of Santa Claus. Then illustrations of the mid 1800s show Santa as an elf like man. The 1860s images of Santa are the beginning of the modern day gift bearer. Included: A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore from 1823, a version of The Snow Maiden, Yes, Virginia There is A Santa Claus. Chapter Five: Highlights and History of The Christmas Season - The Christian observance of Christmas Day wasn't always December 25th and how it came to be this date is detailed as well as feasts of medieval kings on this day. Paintings of the Annunciation and the nativity as well as old black and white photos of The Church of The Nativity, and the first Christmas cards are just some of the images that appear in this chapter. Also included: A CHRISTMAS DREAM, AND HOW IT CAME TRUE by Louisa May Alcott, THE SNOW MAN by Hans Christian Andersen, The BELLS by Edgar Allen Poe, CHRISTMAS EVE by Alfred Tennyson.

Spirit Day The Christening Of New Christmas

Author: Rachilles LEVON
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ISBN: 9781796988413
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"There's dissension building throughout the Christian community. Not only does the Church claim that Jesus Christ was not born during December's 25th day of the winter season, but one St. Nicolas--commonly known throughout the most pagan roots of history, and idolatrous sponsored festivities, as the one red suited and white bearded Santa Claus--has long since stolen Christ's glory..." Who else--but Lord Jesus Christ, himself--has the supreme authority and final solution to rectify this ongoing problem? How? By honoring both St. Nicholas, and Jesus Christ, with their own separate Day celebrations of Christmas giving... by declaring a new, true Christmas holiday: the christening of New Christmas' Spirit Day... in October, on the very 25th day that both Jesus Christ of Bethlehem, Italy, and Christ Lord Rach de Levon (Jesus Christ's second coming messianic birth) in Florence, Arizona, USA, were born.All year long we should experience the Prince of Peace and share that divine consolation with others. Christmas is, in fact, a year-around opportunity to proclaim the Word of God Today, people too often miss the true meaning of Christmas, paying more attention to Black Fridays, holiday shopping and feasting than recognizing the true spirit of giving. Our commemoration of the living Christ must continue well after the uneaten fruitcakes have turned stale, if the spirit of Christmas is to remain fresh in our hearts.But beneath the imaginary bushy white beard, red suit and cap, the sack full of presents, and all of the Ho Ho Hos of jolly and good-natured symbolism associated with Santa Claus, or Chris Kringle, lies a true tale of generosity that originated with a real life Turkish figure named St. Nicholas. Long before the modern-day conception of Santa, or Ole St. Nick, lived this very real and very generous, little 5-foot tall man, one Nicholas, who had a well-known reputation for secretive gift giving. He believed whole-heartedly that giving should be done secretly, and sacrificially, in Jesus Christ's own name, rather than one's own name.Legend tells us of Nicholas helping to restore the hope and faith of hundreds of poverty-weary people in his community--reportedly leaving coins in the empty shoes of those who left them out. They sought his generosity; Nicholas even paying the expense for a poor daughter to get married, afforded him the gracious image of a most beloved and revered Bishop, and holy man of God.Nicholas had created a "sharing" reputation of humane behavior to be revered and commemorated, by common folk and Christians, even after his death. His spirit of giving ideals, charity and unselfish works helped inspire generations of the faithful to mimic his sharing generosity and hospitality, spreading his goodwill, eventually earning the name patron saint of everyone from sailors to merchants.Yet contrast is shrouded in mystery of how a Bishop, originating from the sunny Mediterranean coast of Turkey, came to be associated with a red-suited portly man residing at the North Pole, who treks all around the globe in a present-filled sleigh pulled by flying reindeer?...Spirit Day (on October 25th) is designated a memorial for the Church, accompanying all world citizens of spiritual faith, clergy and Christians, to honor Jesus Christ's nativity--commemorating the man who, some 2,000 years ago, sacrificed His life for the redemption and civilized morality--examples of world peace and unity--of all humanity. And, St. Nicholas Day Christmas (on December 25th) continues to celebrate the holiday's Santa Claus (Kris Kringle) novelty with the cherished themes of elves making toys for tots at the North Pole, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and the flying reindeers, and with decorated homes and Christmas trees, globally abound. December 25th is the perfect time of the winter season for St. Nicholas Day to celebrate the "Santa Claus" Christmas theme with the goodness of sharing gifts (giving and receiving, the "goodness of grace")...

The World Encyclopedia Of Christmas

Author: Gerald Bowler
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Provides information about Christmas customs from around the world, including entries on Christmas foods, literature, music, and such gift bringers as Baba Noel, Kris Kringle, and La Befana.

The World Encyclopedia Of Christmas

Author: Gerry Bowler
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 1551996073
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At last, a truly comprehensive look at Christmas and all of its customs with its long history around the world. The World Encyclopedia of Christmas contains articles on the history of Christmas baking, drinking, and merrymaking, and Christmas dramas, music, literature, art, and films. It includes entries on the evolution of the Christmas tree and the Christmas card, gift-giving, and decoration of church and home. There are profiles of the many gift-bringers, from Santa Claus to Babouschka, and miraculous tales of the numerous saints associated with the season. And there are histories of seasonal celebrations and folk customs around the world, from the United States to Japan, from Egypt to Iceland. Who, for example, knew the links between the Punch and Judy show and Christmas? That the medieval Paradise tree hung with tempting apples was the forerunner of the Christmas tree? About the Peerie Guizers, who terrorized the Shetland Islands, going door-to-door for Christmas charity? Or what Freudians make of our interest in Christmas stockings and Santa’s entrance through the chimney? There are detailed accounts of Wren Boys and Star Boys, mumming and wassailing, the Feast of Fools and the origins of eggnog. And of course stories of the Nativity and legends of the Magi. With beautifully illustrated accounts ranging from the pagan roots of Yuletide, through the birth of Christ, and the long and fascinating history of the festival ever since, The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, is a rich and continually surprising array of religious and secular history, trivia, literature, and art. This wonderful book deserves to find a home with every family that celebrates Christmas. From the Hardcover edition.

O Christmas Tree

Author: Jacqueline Farmer
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
ISBN: 1580892388
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Recounts the traditions and folklore surrounding the Christmas tree, including its origin, customs around the world, and the activities that take place on a Christmas tree farm.

The Englishman S Christmas

Author: John Alfred Ralph Pimlott
Publisher:
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Where did the modern style, form, and content of Christmas celebrations come from? Father Christmas, the holly-and-the-ivy, mistletoe, the decorated Christmas trees - the mixture of Christian and Pagan, innovation and adaptation. In this book the author explores the origins of the English Christmas, and traces how the English have spent Christmas from the Middle Ages onwards.