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A Holiday for the Nation

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/9780195109801.003.0007
A Holiday for the Nation

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Within the first forty years of the 19th century, the adaptation and continuous molding of Christmas reflected the growing sense of regional and cultural identity in the land. During those years, the Christmas holiday gained wide recognition. But it was not until the end of Civil War in the 1870s that there was yet another transition towards the modern Yuletide holiday, where similarities among the diverse regions surpassed their differences. This started to showcase a unified national holiday. This chapter tackles growth in the awareness of Christmas in America as a result of trends, events, and expansion of national media led by the North. It was the North who defined the national culture and solidified the aftermath of the Civil War, acquiring a unified sense of Christmas, with one set of rituals, symbols, and meanings, and a unified patter of a national holiday.

Keywords: Civil War; Yuletide holiday; national media; rituals; national holiday

Chapter.  5988 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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