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Home for Christmas: Family, Religion, and Santa Claus

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/9780195109801.003.0004
Home for Christmas: Family, Religion, and Santa Claus

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The celebration of childbirth is important to each and every family. It symbolizes a new beginning of hope and life. This chapter discusses the huge impact of childbirth in the recognition of Christmas in America. As Protestants comprised most of the American race at that time, they molded the idea of a home for a spiritual and metaphorical sanctuary brought by modernization. A home is a place where the primary role of women and mothers is to make a comfort zone for each and every member of the family. As birth rates started to decline among middle-class women in America, the emphasis on the birth of Jesus Christ received the recognition it had been longing for for years, gaining importance in the beliefs of the American family. Furthermore, this chapter tackles the emergence of the Yuletide Seasons' most important man, Sta. Claus.

Keywords: childbirth; Christmas in America; American family; Sta. Claus; Protestants

Chapter.  6313 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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