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Christmas in America: A History

Penne Lee Restad


The history of Christmas has always been an ambiguous meld of sacred thoughts and worldly actions— as well as a fascinating reflection of our changing society. This book 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. As times changed, Christmas changed—and grew in popularity. In the early 1800s, Ne ... More

Keywords: Christmas, colonial Christmas, national holiday, Virginia, Puritan, New England, New York, Netherlands, Dutch colony, Clement Clarke Moore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195109801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penne Lee Restad, author