Christmas Paperback

The Sacred to Santa

by Tara Moore;

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Black Friday. The 'War on Christmas'. Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. From shopping malls to Fox News and Hollywood film, Christmas no longer solely celebrates the birth of Christ. Christmas: The Sacred to Santa considers the holiday in its global context, journeying from its historical origins to its modern incarnation as a global commercial event and stopping along the way to look at the controversies and traditions of the celebratory day. Delving into the long story of this unifying but also divisive holiday, Tara Moore describes the evolution of Christmas and the deep traditions that bind a culture to its version of it. She probes the debates that have long accompanied the season - from questions of the actual date of Christ's birth to frictions between the sacred and the secular - and discusses the characters associated with the holiday's celebration, including St Nicholas, the Magi, Scrooge and Krampus.
She also explores how customs such as Christmas trees, feasting and gift-giving first emerged and became central facets of Christmas, while also examining how it has been portrayed in culture - from the literary works of Charles Dickens to the yearly bout of holiday films, television specials, traditional carols and pop tracks. Ultimately, Moore reveals, Christmas's longevity has depended on its ability to evolve. Packed with illustrations, Christmas is a fascinating look at the holiday we only think we know.

Christmas by Tara Moore was published by Reaktion Books in September 2015 and is our 47125th best seller. The ISBN for Christmas is 9781780235141.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherReaktion Books (September 2015)
Number of Pages224
Thickness18 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4335546
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