America's Favorite Holidays: Candid Histories

America s Favorite Holidays Candid Histories America s Favorite Holidays explores how five of America s culturally important holidays Christmas Valentine s Day Easter Halloween and Thanksgiving came to be what they are today seasonal and re

  • Title: America's Favorite Holidays: Candid Histories
  • Author: Bruce David Forbes
  • ISBN: 9780520284722
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • America s Favorite Holidays explores how five of America s culturally important holidays Christmas, Valentine s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving came to be what they are today, seasonal and religious celebrations heavily influenced by modern popular culture Deftly distilling information from a wide range of sources, Bruce David Forbes reveals often surprising answAmerica s Favorite Holidays explores how five of America s culturally important holidays Christmas, Valentine s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving came to be what they are today, seasonal and religious celebrations heavily influenced by modern popular culture Deftly distilling information from a wide range of sources, Bruce David Forbes reveals often surprising answers to questions about each holiday s traditions Was Christmas always as commercialized as it is today Is Thanksgiving a religious or secular holiday When did we begin trick or treating on Halloween Appealing and insightful, America s Favorite Holidays satisfies our curiosity about the origins of our holidays and the fascinating ways in which religion and culture mix.

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    • Kara says:

      When I finished this book I looked at the author blurb, saw he was professor of religious studies – and immediately understood my problem with the book. I came at this book with the expectation of reading an American history book, while it is, in fact, a history of religions book. A good book – but not what I was looking for.The book covers five holidays – Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. His formula is to examine each holiday in three sections: pagan root [...]

    • Gwenn says:

      5 holidays: Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgivingliked the method the author used to compare and contrast. lots of interesting facts and ideas

    • Jessi says:

      A look at five holidays that seem to be a major part of the American (at least United States culture); Christmas, Valentine's, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.I liked his point about the variety in Christmas celebrations not only being religious vs. cultural but also parts of various branches of Christianity.It was interesting to read about Valentine's that it was a fully-commercialized holiday long before Hall ever created Hallmark. I also enjoyed Forbes' discussion of how the symbol of the [...]

    • Steve Wiggins says:

      This is a good introduction to many aspects of five holidays: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day. The last may seem an odd inclusion, but Forbes uses economic indicators to define major holidays. When do we spend our money? Valentine's Day is a spending holiday, and therefore is included. I enjoyed the accounts of where various traditions arose. It would be nice to have a few more holidays included, but such choices are, well, economic. I said a bit more about the bo [...]

    • Kayla Tornello says:

      This book looked into the histories of five major American holidays. I learned a lot of interesting facts about them that I had never come across before. This is definitely an interesting book, although my attention did tend to wander a bit as I read it.I received this book as a First-Read. Yay!

    • Beverly says:

      I won "America's Favorite Holidays" on First Reads. I enjoyed this book so much. It was fun learning the history and evolution of our major holidays.

    • Saturnq says:

      as the title says, a nice candid summary of modern american holidays and a little about their origins. good armchair history read.

    • Stephanie Hatch says:

      This book did a great job at running down the mentions holidays in a way that was both highly academic and still able to capture the interest of a casual reader. It was concise and clear and gave you options for more reading if you wanted to dig further into something. It did a great job at treating several loaded topic (mostly religious and genocidal stuff) with great care while still getting the point across. I particularly enjoyed how the author set up the framework for evaluating each holida [...]

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