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Christmas unwrapped : consumerism, Christ, and culture

Author: Richard A Horsley; James Tracy
Publisher: Harrisburg, Pa. : Trinity Press International, ©2001.
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"Christmas Unwrapped" offers a fascinating critique of the American Christmas from the perspectives of cultural studies, theology, and biblical studies. The central argument is that Christmas--with its attendant mythology, icons, and rituals--has become a new religion in America: the religion of consumer capitalism.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Christmas unwrapped.
Harrisburg, Pa. : Trinity Press International, ©2001
(OCoLC)606555801
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Horsley; James Tracy
ISBN: 1563383195 9781563383199
OCLC Number: 44927133
Description: vi, 234 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The formative history of American Christmas. The armistice over Christmas: consuming in the twentieth century / James Tracy ; Christmas in the sixties / Elizabeth Pleck --
pt. 2. The culture of American Christmas. Christmas on celluloid: Hollywood helps construct the American Christmas / Max A. Myers ; Still dreaming: war, memory, and nostalgia in the American Christmas / Kathleen M. Sands ; The Holy days and the wholly dazed: Christmas and the "spirit of giving" / A.P. Simonds --
pt. 3. Saviors and messiahs, Biblical and other. The Gospel of the Savior's birth / Richard Horsley ; Messiah, magi, and model imperial king / Richard Horsley --
pt. 4. Theoretical and theological reflections. Christmas: the religion of consumer capitalism / Richard Horsley ; Santa Claus as an icon of grace / Max A. Myers ; What child is this? Lynch v. Donnelly and the celebration of Christmas in the United States / Paula M. Cooey.
Responsibility: edited by Richard Horsley and James Tracy.
Local System Bib Number:
86773

Abstract:

"Christmas Unwrapped" offers a fascinating critique of the American Christmas from the perspectives of cultural studies, theology, and biblical studies. The central argument is that Christmas--with its attendant mythology, icons, and rituals--has become a new religion in America: the religion of consumer capitalism.
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