Inventing Christmas : how our holiday came to be
- Jock Elliott.
- New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
- Physical description
- 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
- Elliott, Jock.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 126).
- Long ago
- How our Santa Claus was invented
- Gift books and the beginning of Christmas shopping
- The first Christmas trees
- The invention of the Christmas card
- Christmas carols, old and new
- A Christmas carol.
- Publisher's Summary
- Where did the best-loved traditions that make Christmas America's favourite holiday originate? With vintage illustrations by artists such as Thomas Nast, Everett Shinn, Al Hirschfeld, Arthur Rackham and others, "Inventing Christmas" explains how most of America's traditions evolved over the 25-year period from 1822 (when Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St Nicholas" was published) to 1848. Jock Elliott, who has been collecting Christmas ephemera for over 50 years, shows how Santa, the Christmas tree, gift-giving and Scrooge all came to signify Christmas.
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- Publication date
- 0810934930 (hardcover)
- 9780810934931 (hardcover)