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Merry Christmas!

Celebrating America’s Greatest Holiday

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$31.00 • £24.95 • €28.00

ISBN 9780674006799

Publication Date: 12/20/2001

Academic Trade

464 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

100 halftones


  • Preface
  • 1. Wrapping Paper Unwrapped: Holly Boxes, Tissue Paper, and Bows
  • 2. The Christmas Business: Greenery, Lights , Ornaments, Toy Villages
  • 3. Window Shopping: Department Store Displays, Santalands, and Macy’s Big Parade
  • 4. Olde Christmas: Dickens, Irving, and Christmas Charity
  • 5. O Tannenbaum: Indoor and Outdoor Christmas Tree Spectacles
  • 6. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town: Store Santas, Kettle Santas, Coca-Cola Santas
  • 7. Somebody Else’s Christmas: Hot Christmas, Black Christmas, Faraway Christmas
  • 8. Thinking of You at Christmas: Cards or Gifts?
  • 9. Dreaming of a White Christmas: How Bing Crosby and the Grinch Almost Stole Christmas
  • Postscript: A Meditation on Christmas Cookies
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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