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Christmas: A Biography

Christmas: A Biography (Hardback, Main Market Ed.)

By Flanders, Judith

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Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, in the fourth century, the Pope was already warning that too many people were spending the day not in worship, but dancing and eating to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically recalling the Christmas of the ol...d days, certain that they had been better then. Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, far more central to the story of Christmas than religious worship. Many other aspects of the celebrations are newer than we might realise - wrapping-paper was unknown before the twentieth century. Other things, however, have been around for a very long time. The first known Christmas 'loo book', The Boghouse Miscellany, 'printed on excellent soft paper', was advertised as early as the 1760s; while in 1805, as they trekked from Missouri to Oregon, the American explorers Lewis and Clark exchanged presents of underwear and socks. Christmas has been all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a period of eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, acclaimed social historian and best-selling author Judith Flanders casts a sharp and revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might be the first appearance of Santa Claus - in Switzerland! - to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.
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ISBN 9781509833603
Released AU 28 Nov 2017
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback, Main Market Ed.
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ISBN-13 9781509833603
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 28 Nov 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main Market Ed.
Edition Main Market Ed.
Author(s) By Flanders, Judith
Category History Of Ideas, Intellectual History
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 217mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 394.266309
Weight 400g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Christmas - History
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade