Christmas: A Candid History

Christmas: A Candid History✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Christmas: A Candid History By Bruce David Forbes ⚣ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas A Candid History provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebr Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas A Candid History provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what Christmas: A ePUB ô it is today 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 consumerism Packed with intriguing stories, based on research into myriad sources, full of insights, the book explores the historical origins of traditions including Santa, the reindeer, gift giving, the Christmas tree, Christmas songs and movies, and The book also offers some provocative ideas for reclaiming the joy and meaning of this beloved, yet often frustrating, season amid the pressures of our fast paced consumer culture DID YOU KNOWFor three centuries Christians did not celebrate Christmas Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal St Nicholas is an elf in the famous poem The Night Before Christmas President Franklin Roosevelt changed the dateof Thanksgiving in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season Coca Cola helped fashion Santa Claus s look in an advertising campaign. This is a wonderfully readable and succinct history of a most misunderstood holiday The author is a Christian who understands that people have been throwing late December parties for muchthan two thousand years As he puts it, A midwinter carnival is a very understandable way for human beings to cope with winter, and yes, the widespread human impulse to party in the face of winter has influenced the development of Christmas Early Christians, however, did not celebrate Christmas and This is a wonderfully readable and succinct history of a most misunderstood holiday The author is a Christian who understands that people have been throwing late December parties for muchthan two thousand years As he puts it, A midwinter carnival is a very understandable way for human beings to cope with winter, and yes, the widespread human impulse to party in the face of winter has influenced the development of Christmas Early Christians, however, did not celebrate Christmas and when they did, the holiday looked nothing like it does now.None of this is news to admirers of Stephen Nissenbaum s outstanding The Battle For Christmas, which Forbes respectfully cites But Forbes manages to gather a great deal of information in his little book, much of which was new to me I didn t know before I read this book that Norman Rockwell s parents decided to send him to art school after seeing a drawing he did of Ebenezer Scrooge One of the earliest legends told about Saint Nicholas insisted that as an infant, he refused to breast feed on Wednesdays and Fridays, the traditional days of fasting Kris Kringle is an American mutilation of the German word Christkindel, which means Christ child The author of the famous Yes, Virginia letter wasn t given a byline, so his identity wasn t revealed to the public until after his death The founder of Hallmark was a woman, Joyce Hall This book isn t a collection of Christmas trivia, though Forbes does an excellent job of mapping the evolution of the holiday He also keeps a cheerfully level tone, though his affection for the holiday shines through He urges tolerance toward those people who really enjoy Christmas but are not especially interested in its religious aspects, and brings up an unusual example of the holiday s secular appeal Christmas is huge in Japan There never was a pure spiritual Christmas, Forbes points out in his last chapter, Wrestling With Christmas We human beings have a tendency to create golden ages of the past, when all was supposedly wonderful before complicating factors intruded and ruined everything In most cases, the golden age is an idealized dream the actual Christmas that early Christians experienced was both a boisterous seasonal party and a religiously meaningful observance Both This book is an excellent resource for anyone who d like to learn the real story behind Christmas Forbes also offers some moving but not mawkish ideas for those who want the holiday to bemeaningful and less commercial All this and an annotated biography, yet the book weighs in at under 200 pages It s a perfect read for a busy month Fantastic quick little read great background, whetting my appetite for another book called the Battle for Christmas Actually makes me feel like celebrating a mid winter return of sunlight instead of avoiding it altogether I think I m celebrating Sol Invictus this year Planning to re read this one on vacation this week About me Calvinist, reformed, seminary student with Bachelors in theology, husband, and father of 2 I lead with this, not to be obnoxious, but to provide like minded help to anyone else who comes across this review With our oldest just now reaching the knows what going on stage, my wife and I have been asking questions about the holiday traditions we want as a family Not wanting to take anything for granted, I set out to understand where many of the holiday traditions come from in an effor About me Calvinist, reformed, seminary student with Bachelors in theology, husband, and father of 2 I lead with this, not to be obnoxious, but to provide like minded help to anyone else who comes across this review With our oldest just now reaching the knows what going on stage, my wife and I have been asking questions about the holiday traditions we want as a family Not wanting to take anything for granted, I set out to understand where many of the holiday traditions come from in an effort to communicate the deeper spiritual meaning behind them I ll cut straight to the conclusion there really isnt any.While this may sound depressing, it s actually quite freeing If your a Westerner, nearly everything you love about Christmas has no origin in orthodoxy and, compared to church history, is a rather recent invention if you consider the late 19th century recent Stop trying to recover the deeper spiritual meaning in Christmas it s not there On it s best day, the deepest spiritual claim Christian s have ever had on Christmas was a plastic surgery on pagan winter traditions, efforts from which almost none of contemporary Christmas tradition comes It s the latter half of the previous sentence that should resonate, not the first The pagan roots are rather insignificant it s the reality that the present day celebrations have almost no biblical or ecclesial referent that should liberate you from seeing your Advent devotions as synonymous or in anyway related to Christmas For the majority of history, Christian s ignored or discouraged the holiday When you stop and ask what do most people celebrate this time of year, it is families, Traditional Values, winter time, and gift giving These aren t bad things But naming them what they are, and then seeing that most Traditions have no spiritual roots, helped me to reach the freeing conclusion the Christmas is a winter festival celebrated by the culture God has placed me in It s not my holiday, but theirs.I am free to participate or abstain as I see fit Remember, that for the Christian all days are holy The reason I use the word freeing is because I usually spend this time of year very frustrated and angry as I watched the Incarnation of Christ be adulterated by commercialism and material hoarding Now, I recognize that Christmas has always been a winter holiday and cultural festival, and while some Christians have tried to reclaim it or attach spiritual meaning to it normally resulting in bad theology , I m no longer mad It s not my holiday We may still use this time of year, if we want, to talk about the Advent of Christ but now my family can make a clear dividing line between what happens in Babylon and what happens in the little Outpost of Christ s Kingdom that is our home Rather than seeing contemporary Christmas attitudes and customs as one of two ways to celebrate a sacred season, now my family can see that what we choose to meditate on while the world around us celebrates Christmas is entirely separate and detached from the clamor around us Noconfusing our kids, or trying to protect their hearts regarding the true meaning of Christmas The name it self is emblematic of the reality renaming something doesnt change what it is and it just creates confusion for the spiritually committed when you attempt to syncretize.Scholarship in this book has its highs and lows, with the highs being the areas I have no expertise in regarding history of Christmas celebration, and the lows being his atrocious handling of scripture Really informative Christmas never was what we think it was This book gives a very readable overview of the history of Christmas, from the pre Christian to the biblical, on to the way traditions snowballed across Europe, the way St Nicholas morphed into Santa Claus, a history of the modern Christmas in America, and the commercialization of the holidays which the author shows developed along with our modern Christmas He talks briefly about ways we might recapture the joy of the season, alt Really informative Christmas never was what we think it was This book gives a very readable overview of the history of Christmas, from the pre Christian to the biblical, on to the way traditions snowballed across Europe, the way St Nicholas morphed into Santa Claus, a history of the modern Christmas in America, and the commercialization of the holidays which the author shows developed along with our modern Christmas He talks briefly about ways we might recapture the joy of the season, although his book convinced me that there never was a pure Christmas, either religious or secular it has always been a mishmash of cultural and commercial and religious influences As a professor of religious studies he included a religious point of view, but it didn t bother me as an atheist because he didn t agree with the idea that society should put Christ back into Christmas he puts the responsibility of the spiritual aspect onto individuals and their churches, and suggests that people who want a quiet spiritual holiday put their focus on the 12 days of Christmas Dec 25 Jan 6 and let early December have the midwinter festival commercial cultural part of the holiday I m not a great lover of Christmas, but this book made me feel a lot better about the whole thing somehow Great history and insights in this book It can definitely help calm your personal Christmas anxiety to know that it started back in Roman times and therefore predates its ties to the nativity story by 200 years Starting in late December, the Romans held the party of the year, called Saturnalia, to celebrate the harvest It was a week long time of merriment with no work but much drinking, feasting, decorating with greens and gifting of candles and wax fruit Sound familiar The book further reco Great history and insights in this book It can definitely help calm your personal Christmas anxiety to know that it started back in Roman times and therefore predates its ties to the nativity story by 200 years Starting in late December, the Romans held the party of the year, called Saturnalia, to celebrate the harvest It was a week long time of merriment with no work but much drinking, feasting, decorating with greens and gifting of candles and wax fruit Sound familiar The book further recognizes Christmas as a time to appreciate love, home, family and friends outside of the boundaries of personal religion It analyzes the New Testament accounts there are only 2 and there were know donkeys or royals of Jesus birth It points out the evolution of Santa from elf to Coke drinker And the whole retail thing After reading, I came away with less guilt knowing our tradition of Christmas comes fromthan the dichotomy of religion and commercialism Great sociological study of Christmas, solid Krampus related research I would like to subtitle this book, A Concise Christmas History I enjoy reading about the history of Christmas, and its many, many traditions, from around the world This book covers, very quickly, yet with precision, key points of the history, particularly, how it is celebrated in the United States, today First, the author explores the various Winter celebrations of the ancient world, then slips into the fourth century appearance of a festival for the Nativity, and how that date shifted, and I would like to subtitle this book, A Concise Christmas History I enjoy reading about the history of Christmas, and its many, many traditions, from around the world This book covers, very quickly, yet with precision, key points of the history, particularly, how it is celebrated in the United States, today First, the author explores the various Winter celebrations of the ancient world, then slips into the fourth century appearance of a festival for the Nativity, and how that date shifted, and eventually landed at the 25th of December Next, the development of Santa Claus, from Saint to Gift Giver, and how the Industrialization of the West lead directly into the prominence of gift giving, that spawned its own marketing, advertising, and the whole package that we know of as Christmas from the movies, the music, the gift wrapping, decorations inside, and outside of the home , and the cards, to name a few items we buy for the holiday His last chapter is unique in the books I have read about the holiday in that it covers how various groups of people wrestle with Christmas season those that want aquiet, religious celebration, and for those that are non religious, or another faith that doesn t include their own Christmas so, how do those that do celebrate, keep in mind to be polite to them, and perhaps, include them in parties Lastly, he includes an annotated bibliography for those that want to read further I especially enjoyed this part because I can always learnabout my favorite time of the year The books range from religious, to secular, to cultural examinations of this celebration Whichever realm one wants to studydeeply, there is a book for that I didn t think I would like this book at first with the introduction of the author s love dislike for the holiday My views on the holiday are vastly different I love it and there is very little I don t enjoy about it aside for some people telling you how they think you should celebrate it However, the author has a very balanced, well researched take on the history of the holiday and I enjoyed his opinions in the ending chapter The author is a professor of religious studies and he markets t I didn t think I would like this book at first with the introduction of the author s love dislike for the holiday My views on the holiday are vastly different I love it and there is very little I don t enjoy about it aside for some people telling you how they think you should celebrate it However, the author has a very balanced, well researched take on the history of the holiday and I enjoyed his opinions in the ending chapter The author is a professor of religious studies and he markets the book as a brief history of the Christmas holiday I ve read most of the books he references and he ends up summarizing There isn t much new here, aside for his personal take on current celebrations of the holiday, given his profession I am glad he highlighted how Christmas was never a pure spiritual holiday and the differences of a spiritual versus a secular holiday I know it s a bigger secular holiday than anything with most people getting in on some aspect of it, but that isn t a bad thing like some people like to say One thing I didn t know is that the vast majority of Japanese homes have a Christmas tree when less than 2% are Christian Anyway, the book definitely has some interesting tidbits even for those that have read many Christmas history books and maybe it would change how you view or celebrate the holiday I will be completely honest I love Christmas That s not really a controversial statement in America So here s where I am really honest I love Christmas but almost for every secular reason imaginable I am a church going, Jesus believing American and I definitely celebrate the birth of Jesus during Christmas, but I really love the lights, sounds, music, smell, music, and gifts of Christmas Watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is a lotfun than lighting an Advent candle Now, let me be I will be completely honest I love Christmas That s not really a controversial statement in America So here s where I am really honest I love Christmas but almost for every secular reason imaginable I am a church going, Jesus believing American and I definitely celebrate the birth of Jesus during Christmas, but I really love the lights, sounds, music, smell, music, and gifts of Christmas Watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is a lotfun than lighting an Advent candle Now, let me be clear, I revere these moments in the Church calendar They are humbling reminders of my humanness Unfortunately, my humanness also really loves Christmas chocolate.Christmas A Candid History reminds us that Christmas is not a celebration created by Christians In fact, celebrations around the winter solstice have been around for centuries Over the years, different cultures and religions have added their traditions In fact, for a period of time Christians were opposed to all winter celebrations including Christ oriented celebrations.I found this book enjoyable, though there was nothing in it I didn t really know already It is an easy and compact I intended to enjoy this book but I was bored nonetheless I liked learning interesting fun facts about America s favorite holiday If there is a Christmas category on Jeopardy , I would definitely get every question right.Anyway.I found this book to be super repetitive and not really all that enthralling I wish the author could have gone intodetails instead of skimming over a lot of the information I found myself googling topics for further information Didn t really put me in the I intended to enjoy this book but I was bored nonetheless I liked learning interesting fun facts about America s favorite holiday If there is a Christmas category on Jeopardy , I would definitely get every question right.Anyway.I found this book to be super repetitive and not really all that enthralling I wish the author could have gone intodetails instead of skimming over a lot of the information I found myself googling topics for further information Didn t really put me in the holiday spirit, but it was interesting anyway

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    Christmas: A Candid History PDF/EPUB ✓ Christmas: A traditions including Santa, the reindeer, gift giving, the Christmas tree, Christmas songs and movies, and The book also offers some provocative ideas for reclaiming the joy and meaning of this beloved, yet often frustrating, season amid the pressures of our fast paced consumer culture DID YOU KNOWFor three centuries Christians did not celebrate Christmas Puritans in England and New England made Christmas observances illegal St Nicholas is an elf in the famous poem The Night Before Christmas President Franklin Roosevelt changed the dateof Thanksgiving in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season Coca Cola helped fashion Santa Claus s look in an advertising campaign. This is a wonderfully readable and succinct history of a most misunderstood holiday The author is a Christian who understands that people have been throwing late December parties for muchthan two thousand years As he puts it, A midwinter carnival is a very understandable way for human beings to cope with winter, and yes, the widespread human impulse to party in the face of winter has influenced the development of Christmas Early Christians, however, did not celebrate Christmas and This is a wonderfully readable and succinct history of a most misunderstood holiday The author is a Christian who understands that people have been throwing late December parties for muchthan two thousand years As he puts it, A midwinter carnival is a very understandable way for human beings to cope with winter, and yes, the widespread human impulse to party in the face of winter has influenced the development of Christmas Early Christians, however, did not celebrate Christmas and when they did, the holiday looked nothing like it does now.None of this is news to admirers of Stephen Nissenbaum s outstanding The Battle For Christmas, which Forbes respectfully cites But Forbes manages to gather a great deal of information in his little book, much of which was new to me I didn t know before I read this book that Norman Rockwell s parents decided to send him to art school after seeing a drawing he did of Ebenezer Scrooge One of the earliest legends told about Saint Nicholas insisted that as an infant, he refused to breast feed on Wednesdays and Fridays, the traditional days of fasting Kris Kringle is an American mutilation of the German word Christkindel, which means Christ child The author of the famous Yes, Virginia letter wasn t given a byline, so his identity wasn t revealed to the public until after his death The founder of Hallmark was a woman, Joyce Hall This book isn t a collection of Christmas trivia, though Forbes does an excellent job of mapping the evolution of the holiday He also keeps a cheerfully level tone, though his affection for the holiday shines through He urges tolerance toward those people who really enjoy Christmas but are not especially interested in its religious aspects, and brings up an unusual example of the holiday s secular appeal Christmas is huge in Japan There never was a pure spiritual Christmas, Forbes points out in his last chapter, Wrestling With Christmas We human beings have a tendency to create golden ages of the past, when all was supposedly wonderful before complicating factors intruded and ruined everything In most cases, the golden age is an idealized dream the actual Christmas that early Christians experienced was both a boisterous seasonal party and a religiously meaningful observance Both This book is an excellent resource for anyone who d like to learn the real story behind Christmas Forbes also offers some moving but not mawkish ideas for those who want the holiday to bemeaningful and less commercial All this and an annotated biography, yet the book weighs in at under 200 pages It s a perfect read for a busy month Fantastic quick little read great background, whetting my appetite for another book called the Battle for Christmas Actually makes me feel like celebrating a mid winter return of sunlight instead of avoiding it altogether I think I m celebrating Sol Invictus this year Planning to re read this one on vacation this week About me Calvinist, reformed, seminary student with Bachelors in theology, husband, and father of 2 I lead with this, not to be obnoxious, but to provide like minded help to anyone else who comes across this review With our oldest just now reaching the knows what going on stage, my wife and I have been asking questions about the holiday traditions we want as a family Not wanting to take anything for granted, I set out to understand where many of the holiday traditions come from in an effor About me Calvinist, reformed, seminary student with Bachelors in theology, husband, and father of 2 I lead with this, not to be obnoxious, but to provide like minded help to anyone else who comes across this review With our oldest just now reaching the knows what going on stage, my wife and I have been asking questions about the holiday traditions we want as a family Not wanting to take anything for granted, I set out to understand where many of the holiday traditions come from in an effort to communicate the deeper spiritual meaning behind them I ll cut straight to the conclusion there really isnt any.While this may sound depressing, it s actually quite freeing If your a Westerner, nearly everything you love about Christmas has no origin in orthodoxy and, compared to church history, is a rather recent invention if you consider the late 19th century recent Stop trying to recover the deeper spiritual meaning in Christmas it s not there On it s best day, the deepest spiritual claim Christian s have ever had on Christmas was a plastic surgery on pagan winter traditions, efforts from which almost none of contemporary Christmas tradition comes It s the latter half of the previous sentence that should resonate, not the first The pagan roots are rather insignificant it s the reality that the present day celebrations have almost no biblical or ecclesial referent that should liberate you from seeing your Advent devotions as synonymous or in anyway related to Christmas For the majority of history, Christian s ignored or discouraged the holiday When you stop and ask what do most people celebrate this time of year, it is families, Traditional Values, winter time, and gift giving These aren t bad things But naming them what they are, and then seeing that most Traditions have no spiritual roots, helped me to reach the freeing conclusion the Christmas is a winter festival celebrated by the culture God has placed me in It s not my holiday, but theirs.I am free to participate or abstain as I see fit Remember, that for the Christian all days are holy The reason I use the word freeing is because I usually spend this time of year very frustrated and angry as I watched the Incarnation of Christ be adulterated by commercialism and material hoarding Now, I recognize that Christmas has always been a winter holiday and cultural festival, and while some Christians have tried to reclaim it or attach spiritual meaning to it normally resulting in bad theology , I m no longer mad It s not my holiday We may still use this time of year, if we want, to talk about the Advent of Christ but now my family can make a clear dividing line between what happens in Babylon and what happens in the little Outpost of Christ s Kingdom that is our home Rather than seeing contemporary Christmas attitudes and customs as one of two ways to celebrate a sacred season, now my family can see that what we choose to meditate on while the world around us celebrates Christmas is entirely separate and detached from the clamor around us Noconfusing our kids, or trying to protect their hearts regarding the true meaning of Christmas The name it self is emblematic of the reality renaming something doesnt change what it is and it just creates confusion for the spiritually committed when you attempt to syncretize.Scholarship in this book has its highs and lows, with the highs being the areas I have no expertise in regarding history of Christmas celebration, and the lows being his atrocious handling of scripture Really informative Christmas never was what we think it was This book gives a very readable overview of the history of Christmas, from the pre Christian to the biblical, on to the way traditions snowballed across Europe, the way St Nicholas morphed into Santa Claus, a history of the modern Christmas in America, and the commercialization of the holidays which the author shows developed along with our modern Christmas He talks briefly about ways we might recapture the joy of the season, alt Really informative Christmas never was what we think it was This book gives a very readable overview of the history of Christmas, from the pre Christian to the biblical, on to the way traditions snowballed across Europe, the way St Nicholas morphed into Santa Claus, a history of the modern Christmas in America, and the commercialization of the holidays which the author shows developed along with our modern Christmas He talks briefly about ways we might recapture the joy of the season, although his book convinced me that there never was a pure Christmas, either religious or secular it has always been a mishmash of cultural and commercial and religious influences As a professor of religious studies he included a religious point of view, but it didn t bother me as an atheist because he didn t agree with the idea that society should put Christ back into Christmas he puts the responsibility of the spiritual aspect onto individuals and their churches, and suggests that people who want a quiet spiritual holiday put their focus on the 12 days of Christmas Dec 25 Jan 6 and let early December have the midwinter festival commercial cultural part of the holiday I m not a great lover of Christmas, but this book made me feel a lot better about the whole thing somehow Great history and insights in this book It can definitely help calm your personal Christmas anxiety to know that it started back in Roman times and therefore predates its ties to the nativity story by 200 years Starting in late December, the Romans held the party of the year, called Saturnalia, to celebrate the harvest It was a week long time of merriment with no work but much drinking, feasting, decorating with greens and gifting of candles and wax fruit Sound familiar The book further reco Great history and insights in this book It can definitely help calm your personal Christmas anxiety to know that it started back in Roman times and therefore predates its ties to the nativity story by 200 years Starting in late December, the Romans held the party of the year, called Saturnalia, to celebrate the harvest It was a week long time of merriment with no work but much drinking, feasting, decorating with greens and gifting of candles and wax fruit Sound familiar The book further recognizes Christmas as a time to appreciate love, home, family and friends outside of the boundaries of personal religion It analyzes the New Testament accounts there are only 2 and there were know donkeys or royals of Jesus birth It points out the evolution of Santa from elf to Coke drinker And the whole retail thing After reading, I came away with less guilt knowing our tradition of Christmas comes fromthan the dichotomy of religion and commercialism Great sociological study of Christmas, solid Krampus related research I would like to subtitle this book, A Concise Christmas History I enjoy reading about the history of Christmas, and its many, many traditions, from around the world This book covers, very quickly, yet with precision, key points of the history, particularly, how it is celebrated in the United States, today First, the author explores the various Winter celebrations of the ancient world, then slips into the fourth century appearance of a festival for the Nativity, and how that date shifted, and I would like to subtitle this book, A Concise Christmas History I enjoy reading about the history of Christmas, and its many, many traditions, from around the world This book covers, very quickly, yet with precision, key points of the history, particularly, how it is celebrated in the United States, today First, the author explores the various Winter celebrations of the ancient world, then slips into the fourth century appearance of a festival for the Nativity, and how that date shifted, and eventually landed at the 25th of December Next, the development of Santa Claus, from Saint to Gift Giver, and how the Industrialization of the West lead directly into the prominence of gift giving, that spawned its own marketing, advertising, and the whole package that we know of as Christmas from the movies, the music, the gift wrapping, decorations inside, and outside of the home , and the cards, to name a few items we buy for the holiday His last chapter is unique in the books I have read about the holiday in that it covers how various groups of people wrestle with Christmas season those that want aquiet, religious celebration, and for those that are non religious, or another faith that doesn t include their own Christmas so, how do those that do celebrate, keep in mind to be polite to them, and perhaps, include them in parties Lastly, he includes an annotated bibliography for those that want to read further I especially enjoyed this part because I can always learnabout my favorite time of the year The books range from religious, to secular, to cultural examinations of this celebration Whichever realm one wants to studydeeply, there is a book for that I didn t think I would like this book at first with the introduction of the author s love dislike for the holiday My views on the holiday are vastly different I love it and there is very little I don t enjoy about it aside for some people telling you how they think you should celebrate it However, the author has a very balanced, well researched take on the history of the holiday and I enjoyed his opinions in the ending chapter The author is a professor of religious studies and he markets t I didn t think I would like this book at first with the introduction of the author s love dislike for the holiday My views on the holiday are vastly different I love it and there is very little I don t enjoy about it aside for some people telling you how they think you should celebrate it However, the author has a very balanced, well researched take on the history of the holiday and I enjoyed his opinions in the ending chapter The author is a professor of religious studies and he markets the book as a brief history of the Christmas holiday I ve read most of the books he references and he ends up summarizing There isn t much new here, aside for his personal take on current celebrations of the holiday, given his profession I am glad he highlighted how Christmas was never a pure spiritual holiday and the differences of a spiritual versus a secular holiday I know it s a bigger secular holiday than anything with most people getting in on some aspect of it, but that isn t a bad thing like some people like to say One thing I didn t know is that the vast majority of Japanese homes have a Christmas tree when less than 2% are Christian Anyway, the book definitely has some interesting tidbits even for those that have read many Christmas history books and maybe it would change how you view or celebrate the holiday I will be completely honest I love Christmas That s not really a controversial statement in America So here s where I am really honest I love Christmas but almost for every secular reason imaginable I am a church going, Jesus believing American and I definitely celebrate the birth of Jesus during Christmas, but I really love the lights, sounds, music, smell, music, and gifts of Christmas Watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is a lotfun than lighting an Advent candle Now, let me be I will be completely honest I love Christmas That s not really a controversial statement in America So here s where I am really honest I love Christmas but almost for every secular reason imaginable I am a church going, Jesus believing American and I definitely celebrate the birth of Jesus during Christmas, but I really love the lights, sounds, music, smell, music, and gifts of Christmas Watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is a lotfun than lighting an Advent candle Now, let me be clear, I revere these moments in the Church calendar They are humbling reminders of my humanness Unfortunately, my humanness also really loves Christmas chocolate.Christmas A Candid History reminds us that Christmas is not a celebration created by Christians In fact, celebrations around the winter solstice have been around for centuries Over the years, different cultures and religions have added their traditions In fact, for a period of time Christians were opposed to all winter celebrations including Christ oriented celebrations.I found this book enjoyable, though there was nothing in it I didn t really know already It is an easy and compact I intended to enjoy this book but I was bored nonetheless I liked learning interesting fun facts about America s favorite holiday If there is a Christmas category on Jeopardy , I would definitely get every question right.Anyway.I found this book to be super repetitive and not really all that enthralling I wish the author could have gone intodetails instead of skimming over a lot of the information I found myself googling topics for further information Didn t really put me in the I intended to enjoy this book but I was bored nonetheless I liked learning interesting fun facts about America s favorite holiday If there is a Christmas category on Jeopardy , I would definitely get every question right.Anyway.I found this book to be super repetitive and not really all that enthralling I wish the author could have gone intodetails instead of skimming over a lot of the information I found myself googling topics for further information Didn t really put me in the holiday spirit, but it was interesting anyway "/>
  • Paperback
  • 196 pages
  • Christmas: A Candid History
  • Bruce David Forbes
  • English
  • 06 April 2019
  • 0520258029