America's Favorite Holidays

Candid Histories

Bruce David Forbes

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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 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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turkey, religion and culture, presents, halloween, american studies, holidays and traditions, santa claus, st valentine, history of american holidays, religious holidays, important holidays, trick or treating, historical, easter, seasonal celebrations, christianity, valentines day, thanksgiving, cultural studies, spiritual, religious celebrations, national holidays, god and religion, history of holidays, pilgrims, family, jesus christ, christmas, easter bunny, american holidays, modern popular culture