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A Traditional American 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/9780195109801.003.0008
A Traditional American Christmas

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Christmas, if seen in terms of a celebration propagated by the Europeans on American soil as a hand-me-down tradition, went through a massive change and adaptation as Americans looked towards the reinvention of the holiday as their own. This chapter tackles the adaptation and changes Americans inculcated in their version of Christmas in terms of the customs and rituals of the past that were mixed with the modernization, mechanization, and urbanization of the land and society via the transformation of commerce and industry. This created a holiday meaning that now can be said to fit the call of the present times. Through the celebration of Christmas, Americans have found a way to retreat from the usual routines of contemporary life.

Keywords: modernization; commerce and industry; Christmas; contemporary life; customs

Chapter.  8071 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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