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Christmas

Author : Tara Moore
ISBN : 9781780233871
Genre : History
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Black Friday. The War on Christmas. Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. From shopping malls and Fox News to movie theaters, Christmas no longer solely celebrates to the birth of Christ. Considering the holiday in its global context, Christmas journeys from its historical origins to its modern incarnation as a global commercial event, 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 Saint 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 the holiday, while also examining how Christmas has been portrayed in culture—from the literary works of Charles Dickens to the yearly bout of holiday films, television specials, traditional carols, and modern 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 As Religion

Author : Reader in Theology & Religious Studies Christopher Deacy
ISBN : 9780198754565
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In Christmas as Religion, Christopher Deacy explores the premise that religion plays an elementary role in our understanding of the Christmas festival, but takes issue with much of the existing literature which is inclined to limit the contours and parameters of "religion" to particular representations and manifestations of institutional forms of Christianity. "Religion" is often tacitly identified as having an ecclesiastical frame of reference, so that if the Church is not deemed to play a central role in the practice of Christmas for many people today then it can legitimately be side-lined and relegated to the periphery of any discussion relating to what Christmas "means." Deacy argues that such approaches fail to take adequate stock of the manifold ways in which people's beliefs and values take shape in modern society. For example, Christmas films or radio programmes may comprise a non-specifically Christian, but nonetheless religiously rich, repository of beliefs, values, sentiments and aspirations. Therefore, this book makes the case for laying to rest the secularization thesis, with its simplistic assumption that religion in Western society is undergoing a period of escalating and irrevocable erosion, and to see instead that the secular may itself be a repository of the religious. Rather than see Christmas as comprising alternative or analogous forms of religious expression, or dependent on any causal relationship to the Christian tradition, Deacy maintains that it is religious per se, and, moreover, it is its very secularity that makes Christmas such a compelling, and even transcendent, religious holiday.

The Sacred Santa

Author : Dell deChant
ISBN : 9781556358395
Genre : Religion
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The Sacred Santa is an inquiry into the religious dimension of postmodern culture, seriously considering the widespread perception that contemporary culture witnesses a profound struggle between two antithetical systems -- a collision of two worlds, both religious, yet each with vivid visions of the sacred that differ radically with regard to what the sacred is and what it means to human life and social endeavor.

When Santa Was A Shaman

Author : Tony van Renterghem
ISBN : PSU:000024699334
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Yes, there is a Santa Claus -- and this provocative book will tell you who he really is! Travel back in time to view Santa's pagan origins -- and his fascinating connections to the Horned Shaman, the Greek God Pan, the Norse god Wodan, and Robin Hood. Learn how we are influenced by this ancient myth everyday. Based on ten years of extensive research.

Christmas

Author : Bruce David Forbes
ISBN : 0520258029
Genre : History
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"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 consumer culture."--Page 2 of cover.

The Sacred Santa

Author : Dell deChant
ISBN : 9781556358395
Genre : Religion
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The Sacred Santa is an inquiry into the religious dimension of postmodern culture, seriously considering the widespread perception that contemporary culture witnesses a profound struggle between two antithetical systems -- a collision of two worlds, both religious, yet each with vivid visions of the sacred that differ radically with regard to what the sacred is and what it means to human life and social endeavor.

Pagan Christmas

Author : Christian Rätsch
ISBN : 9781594776601
Genre : Religion
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An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas • Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas • Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart of the Christmas celebration The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance. It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual. Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling show how the ancient meaning of the botanical elements of Christmas provides a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity. The fir tree was originally revered as the sacred World Tree in northern Europe. When the church was unable to drive the tree cult out of people’s consciousness, it incorporated the fir tree by dedicating it to the Christ child. Father Christmas in his red-and-white suit, who flies through the sky in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, has his mythological roots in the shamanic reindeer-herding tribes of arctic Europe and Siberia. These northern shamans used the hallucinogenic fly agaric mushroom, which is red and white, to make their soul flights to the other world. Apples, which figure heavily in Christmas baking, are symbols of the sun god Apollo, so they find a natural place at winter solstice celebrations of the return of the sun. In fact, the authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on green plants and the promise of the return of life in the dead of winter is just an adaptation of the pagan winter solstice celebration.

The War On Christmas

Author : John Gibson
ISBN : 1595230289
Genre : Political Science
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Argues that the secularization of Christmas violates the free expression of Christian traditions and contradicts the intentions of America's founders, in an account that cites state and corporate rulings against the practice of certain traditions.

Santa Claus S Christmas Trivia Challenge

Author : Jonathan Ozanne
ISBN : 1493778919
Genre : Games
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See how much you really know about the history of Christmas. Have fun and be challenged by 100 far-ranging trivia questions about Christmas. The questions are loosely organized into three subjective categories of easy, medium, and hard. The advantage to this loose organization is that the questions move back and forth from topic to topic, so seldom are there very many questions about the same subject in a row. Although the book does not further organize the questions, here is some further categorization, to give you an idea of the nature of the questions: *10 questions about the modern Santa *7 questions about how Saint Nicholas became known as Santa Claus in the United States *20 questions about Christmas cards, trees, stockings, and presents *4 questions about Christmas decorations and symbols *20 questions about Christmas music *15 questions about Christmas-themed books and movies *4 questions about Christmas in the Bible *20 questions about the history of celebrating Christmas. Some of these questions are religious in nature. The subtitle uses the terms secular and sacred and if the questions were classified by only those two broad categories, there are 63 secular questions and 37 sacred questions. Some questions are easy, some are difficult. Most are multiple choice. Given the difficulty, these questions are aimed at ages 12 to adult. The book takes a distinctly pro-Christian stance on Christmas. However, it also celebrates the secular fun in Christmas. A bibliography is provided.

Religion And American Cultures

Author : Gary Laderman
ISBN : 9781576072387
Genre : Reference
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Looks at religious diversity in the United States from mainstream faiths to Wicca and Zen, discussing faith, religious practices, traditions, and history of religions.

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