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Christmas Gifts from the Chanukah Crowd

Christmas Gifts from the Chanukah Crowd

The Extraordinary Contributions of American Jews to Christmas

by Denise Noe
Paperback
Publication Date: 12/11/2020
  $31.58
Christmas is one of the most dearly cherished holidays for the vast majority of Christians and a holiday appreciated, and even celebrated, by many non-Christians as well. It is celebrated the world over but nowhere more cherished than in America. Despite its popularity - or perhaps because of it - the past several decades have seen controversy about an alleged "War on Christmas." Culprits fingered as the anti-Christmas warriors are varied with "liberals" and "secularists" often accused. However, some people have specifically accused American Jewry of waging war on Christmas. When the Gentile author of this book read some commentators accusing Jews of battling Christmas, she was struck by the irony that Jews have added to Christmas celebrations through song and film. This insight led her to write Christmas Gifts from the Chanukah Crowd: The Extraordinary Contributions of American Jews to Christmas.




This book tells the story of how Christmas - which was not celebrated by the earliest Christians -- came to be a beloved tradition. It discusses a genuine "War on Christmas" waged in past centuries - by Christians! It tells the stories of popular Christmas songs written or co-written by Jews. It relates Jewish contributions to Christmas-themed motion pictures, some of which have become a cherished part of Christmas celebration.




Of course, Christmas is far from the only major December holiday. This book devotes a chapter to the fascinating and inspiring story of Chanukah. This book also discusses the Afrocentric cultural holiday of Kwanzaa, the modern Pagan revival of Yule, why the day following Christmas is honored as Boxing Day, and the Seinfeld-based whimsical holiday of Festivus.




Christmas Gifts from the Chanukah Crowd tells a history that is rich in tragedy and triumph, persistence and pathos, devastation and survival. It is a story about sameness and difference and the need to live with our differences. It is a story about what it means to be Christian, what it means to be Jewish, what it means to be American, and, perhaps most importantly, what it means to be human.
ISBN:
9781629336473
9781629336473
Category:
Christian worship
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
12-11-2020
Publisher:
Bearmanor Media
Pages:
192
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x10mm
Weight:
0.26kg

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