Merry Christmas! Celebrating America’s Greatest Holiday

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Harvard University Press, 30 jun. 2009 - 464 páginas
It wouldn't be Christmas without the "things." How they came to mean so much, and to play such a prominent role in America's central holiday, is the tale told in this delightful and edifying book. In a style characteristically engaging and erudite, Karal Ann Marling, one of our most trenchant observers of American culture, describes the outsize spectacle that Christmas has become.
 

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Karal Ann Marling is an art historian at the University of Minnesota whose specialty is American visual culture. (She has also written a book on the Minnesota State Fair.) Merry Christmas! is thus a ... Leer reseña completa

MERRY CHRISTMAS!: Celebrating America's Greatest Holiday

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Like an agreeably stuffed literary Christmas stocking, Marling's entertaining history of how Christmas became America's top holiday is generously filled with interesting facts, anecdotes, and period ... Leer reseña completa

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WRAPPING PAPER UNWRAPPED Holly Boxes Tissue Paper and Bows
1
THE CHRISTMAS BUSINESS Greenery Lights Ornaments Toy Villages
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WINDOW SHOPPING Department Store Displays Santalands and Macys Big Parade
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OLDE CHRISTMAS Dickens Irving and Christmas Charity
121
TANNENBAUM Indoor and Outdoor Christmas Tree Spectacles
160
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN TO TOWN Store Santas Kettle Santas CocaCola Santas
197
SOMEBODY ELSES CHRISTMAS Hot Christmas Black Christmas Faraway Christmas
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THINKING OF YOU AT CHRISTMAS Cards or Gifts?
284
DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS How Bing Crosby and the Grinch Almost Stole Christmas
321
A MEDITATION ON CHRISTMAS COOKIES
359
NOTES
365
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
433
INDEX
437
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Karal Ann Marling is the author or co-author of more than thirty books on American topics, including three New York Times "Notable Books of the Year." A recipient of the Minnesota Humanities Commission Award and the Minnesota Book Award, she has always taken a keen interest in the culture of our state; her Looking North was published by Afton Historical Society Press in 2003. Professor Marling has taught Art History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota for 30 years.

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