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Place in the American Christmas

Patrick McGreevy
Geographical Review
Vol. 80, No. 1 (Jan., 1990), pp. 32-42
DOI: 10.2307/215896
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/215896
Page Count: 11
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Place in the American Christmas
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Abstract

The festival of Christmas is intimately linked to the attachment to places and the notion of home held by Americans. Both the practice of Christmas and the meaning of home underwent radical transformation during the nineteenth century. Theories of festivity highlight the political character of seasonal celebrations, but a historical approach gives an understanding of the role of place in the American celebration of Christmas. An interpretation of this role that relates the festival to recent notions of the family, the child, and the private home is suggested.

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