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Reflections of a Jewish Childhood during Christmas

Gerry Bloustien

in Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780748628087
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653065 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628087.003.0013
Reflections of a Jewish Childhood during Christmas

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This chapter illustrates how the pressures to conform create their own specific pressures. On reflection, it wonders whether the author has laid too heavy a responsibility on the celebration of Christmas, whether she has lost her own pleasure and enjoyment of Christmas completely. As a child of migrant parents growing up in post-war Britain, she lived between two cultures. Christmas seemed magical and seductive, particularly to a child in between cultures, as it were. In many British Jewish homes in the post-war period of growing affluence, under constant pressure from their young children and television advertising, Hanukkah gifts became larger and more in line with what their non-Jewish school-friends were receiving.

Keywords: post-war Britain; Christmas; Jewish childhood; British Jewish homes; Britain; Hanukkah gifts

Chapter.  3704 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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