A Frame of Mind: Christmas in the Twentieth Century

Penne L. Restad

in Christmas in America

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109801
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854073 | DOI:
A Frame of Mind: Christmas in the Twentieth Century

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The existence of Christmas has been a major force that has molded a torn nation into having a unified and distinct set of rituals, expectations, and attitudes towards Christmas. During the 20th century these new traditions intensified in all aspects of society opening a new debate on the issue of materialism and the spirituality of the Christmas celebration. This chapter depicts the 20th-century Christmas tradition with respect to its fidelity to all that it has adapted from the old-fashioned Christmas back in the 19th century and beyond. Furthermore, this text had embraced the striking effect of Christmas celebration in keeping a unified faith, hope, and moral aspiration, being celebrated by the Americans as a nation towards harmony and transcendence.

Keywords: Christmas; faith; hope; moral aspiration; harmony and transcendence

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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