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The Beginnings of a Modern Christmas

Penne L. Restad

in Christmas in America

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109801
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854073 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109801.003.0003
The Beginnings of a Modern Christmas

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Despite the recognition of Christmas during the pre-revolutionary and revolutionary days of America, the Yuletide season did not gain its popularity for many years. It was during the 1820s that things changed when modernization helped to spread beliefs about the birth of Christ. When new railroads and roads were built across the land, Americans started to feel connected, and this provided an effective medium for the birth of the essence of a new Christmas tradition. This chapter tackles the growth and the increasing prominence of the celebration of Christmas in the vast geography and ethnicity of America. It is during this time that the wide acceptance of Christmas as a national holiday was finally achieved.

Keywords: Christmas tradition; national holiday; Americans; America; Yuletide season

Chapter.  5572 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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