Anyone who laments the excesses of Christmas might consider the Puritans of colonial Massachusetts: they simply outlawed the holiday. The Puritans had their reasons, since Christmas was once an occasion for drunkenness and riot, when poor "wassailers extorted food and drink from the well-to-do. In this intriguing and innovative work of social history, Stephen Nissenbaum rediscovers Christmas's carnival origins and shows how it was transformed, during the nineteenth century, into a festival of domesticity and consumerism. Drawing on a wealth of period documents and illustrations, Nissenbaum charts the invention of our current Yuletide traditions, from St. Nicholas to the Christmas tree and, perhaps most radically, the practice of giving gifts to children. Bursting with detail, filled with subversive readings of such seasonal classics as "A Visit from St. Nicholas” and A Christmas Carol, The Battle for Christmas captures the glorious strangeness of the past even as it helps us better understand our present.
Bursting with detail, filled with subversive readings of such seasonal classics as "A Visit from St. Nicholas” and A Christmas Carol, The Battle for Christmas captures the glorious strangeness of the past even as it helps us better ...
Author: Stephen Nissenbaum
After moving to a new town days before Christmas, an adventurous boy named Eddie becomes suspicious after learning that no one in the town seems to be aware of the fact that Christmas is just around the corner. Always the curious adventurer and young spy, Eddie decides that he must investigate this suspicious situation. It doesn't take him long to stumble upon some "shady characters" and accidentally take a whirlwind ride through a portal that lands him in, of all places, the North Pole. There he learns about Santa's special task force of Elf Rangers, the protectors of Christmas. Eddie also learns of the evil Shadow Shifters who are stealing the memory of Christmas from his new town. Eddie is courageous and daring, but the danger that lies ahead may be too much. Eddie might be in over his head.
After moving just days before Christmas, an adventurous boy named Eddie learns that evil Shadow Shifters are stealing the memory of Christmas from his new town.
Author: Brandon Stevenson
When Ellie puts on her new pyjamas, strange things start to happen. She and her little brother, Max, are whisked off to the Christmas Shop where a battle is raging between a valiant troop of toys and the scaaaarry Christmas Tree Fairy and her army of angels. Can Ellie and Max save Christmas for the world – or will they be arrested for being mince spies? This is the first book in a new series about the Cosmic Pyjamas. They're magical and they're dangerous. You have been warned!
The Dove went into a spiral dive, crashing into the wall just above the Christmas
Fairy and releasing its entire payload of splatter bombs on top of her head. The
battle was over. The battle was won. 14 More Marzipan. Is This the End? When ...
Author: Jeremy Strong
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
After training and practicing for the auditions, Andys friends excelled. Andy, however, failed miserably. When the positions were posted, his worst fears came true he was the only angel not given a job for the birth of Lord Jesus. Would Andy be the only angel not to have an assignment for this climactic event? How did Heaven defend Bethlehem from the onslaught of Lucifer and his horde of demons?
I spent a century as a leader of an Invisible Defense Team and would gladly do
battle again than face another day with ... He opened the door and turned into the
large gathering room that housed the great Christmas tree visible from outside.
Author: Jeremy Hinshaw
Publisher: WestBow Press
And what was in those ships all three On Christmas Day in the morning ? Our
Saviour Christ and His ladý On Christmas Day , on Christmas Day , Our Saviour
Christ and His ladý On Christmas Day in the morning . Pray whither sailed those
Author: Charles Dickens
On Christmas morning, 1944, there was little reason to celebrate.… As the Battle of the Bulge raged, a small force of American solders—including the famed 101st Airborne division, tank destroyer crews, engineers, and artillerymen—was completely surrounded by Hitler’s armies in the Belgian town of Bastogne. Taking the town was imperative to Hitler’s desperate plan to drive back the Allies and turn the tide of the war. The attack would come just before dawn. As the outnumbered, undersupplied Americans gathered in church for services or shivered in their snow-covered foxholes on the fringes of the front lines, freshly reinforced German forces of men and tanks attacked. The battle was up close and personal, with the cold, exhausted soldiers of both armies fighting for every square foot of frozen earth. In the end, the Allied forces would hold the town of Bastogne, with the hard-won victory boosting morale and sounding the death-knell for Hitler’s Third Reich. After this battle, the Nazis would never go on the offensive again. Featuring interviews with the soldiers who were there, as well as never-before-seen or translated documents, No Silent Night is a compelling chronicle of one day that changed the course of the war—and the world. INCLUDES NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS AND MAPS
Featuring interviews with the soldiers who were there, as well as never-before-seen or translated documents, No Silent Night is a compelling chronicle of one day that changed the course of the war—and the world.
Author: Leo Barron
The Battle of Life is the fourth in Charles Dickens' series of Christmas classics that started with his beloved A Christmas Carol. In this tale, the main characters live in a rural English village that was the site of an historic battle. The battle comes to symbolize the struggles these characters face in their daily lives. This is a free digital copy of a book that has been carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. To make this print edition available as an ebook, we have extracted the text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and submitted it to a review process to ensure its accuracy and legibility across different screen sizes and devices. Google is proud to partner with libraries to make this book available to readers everywhere.
The Battle of Life is the fourth in Charles Dickens' series of Christmas classics that started with his beloved A Christmas Carol. In this tale, the main characters live in a rural English village that was the site of an historic battle.
Author: Charles Dickens
Category: Christmas plays, English
The setting is an English village that stands on the site of a historic battle. Some characters refer to the battle as a metaphor for the struggles of life. Battle is the only one of the five Christmas Books that has no supernatural or explicitly religious elements.
ББК 84 Charles Dickens Christmas Stories. The Battle of Life / C. Dickens. – М. :
T8RUGRAM / Original, 2018. – 110 с. ISBN 978-5-521-06876-0 The setting is an
English village that stands on the site of a historic battle. Some characters refer ...
Author: Dickens C.
Publisher: Рипол Классик
Each of these short stories was written specifically for Christmas. They combine concern for social ills with the myths and memories of childhood and traditional Christmas spirit-lore. The stories include "A Christmas Carol", "The Chimes", "The Battle of Life" and "The Cricket on the Hearth". AUTHOR Charles John Huffam Dickens FRSA (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz", was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and one of the most popular of all time. He created some of literature's most memorable characters. His novels and short stories have never gone out of print. A concern with what he saw as the pressing need for social reform is a theme that runs throughout his work. Much of his work first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialised form, a favoured way of publishing fiction at the time. Dickens, unlike others who would complete entire novels before serial publication commenced, often wrote his in parts, in the order in which they were meant to appear. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one cliffhanger after another to keep the public eager for the next installment.
Each of these short stories was written specifically for Christmas.
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
LET THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS BEGIN It isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs everyday - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late . . .
LET THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS BEGIN It isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.
Author: Matt Haig
Publisher: Canongate Books
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Cozy mystery fans rejoice, The Reverend Tom "Father" Christmas is at it again. Brimming with wit, full of cunning and twists, and featuring one of the most memorable (and unlikely) detectives in mystery fiction, C. C. Benison's latest Father Christmas mystery will delight readers with twists that are sure to astound readers.The Battle of Thornford shows the detective Tom Christmas at his best and marks yet another brilliant entry in the Father Christmas annuls.
Brimming with wit, full of cunning and twists, and featuring one of the most memorable (and unlikely) detectives in mystery fiction, C. C. Benison's latest Father Christmas mystery will delight readers with twists that are sure to astound ...
Author: C. C. Benison
In telling the story of America's last great air battle, Marshall Michel has used hundreds of formerly classified documents from U.S. government archives and traveled to Hanoi to examine records there. He also interviewed dozens of Americans and Vietnamese who participated in the battle at all levels, allowing him to take the reader into meetings at the White House and SAC Headquarters, and into the B-52 cockpits, the Vietnamese missile sites and the POW camps of Hanoi.
In telling the story of America's last great air battle, Marshall Michel has used hundreds of formerly classified documents from U.S. government archives and traveled to Hanoi to examine records there.
Author: Marshall L. Michel (III)
Have you ever wondered where Father Christmas came from? And how he ended up with a factory at the North Pole full of elves to help him make toys? A beautifully illustrated and timeless story about how a toymaker and his wife became Mother and Father Christmas for children all over the world.
Have you ever wondered where Father Christmas came from?
Author: Alison Battle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Juvenile Fiction
From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone explores a host of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas. Offers thoughtful and humorous philosophical insights into the most widely celebrated holiday in the Western world Contributions come from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, religious studies, English literature, cognitive science and moral psychology The essays cover a wide range of Christmas themes, from a defence of the miracle of the virgin birth to the relevance of Christmas to atheists and pagans
Iwould argue that this dilemma has neverbeen resolved (its modern form
involving the battle between piety and presents, between Jesus and Santa Claus
). I might evensay, perhaps a bit provocatively, that Christmas hasalways proven
Author: Scott C. Lowe
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Collects some of the author's Christmas stories, including "A Christmas Carol," in which a miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.
Charles Dickens's beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four ghosts, is a heartwarming celebration of the spirit of ...
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Nor is this feeling merely one ofjol- lity and good cheer: there is a deep longing
everywhere for that “goodwill among men” that was the actual message of the
first Christmas. There can be no doubt that in a real sense that message is
Author: Arthur Pearce Shepherd
Publisher: Anastasi Ltd
Kate Roberts (1891-1985) was the foremost twentieth-century prose writer in the Welsh language. She produced a considerable body of fiction, seven novels and novellas and nine collections of short stories, and was active in the Welsh Nationalist Party as a publisher and a literary and political journalist. A contemporary of D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, and Sherwood Anderson, she created the modern form of the short story in Welsh, and through six decades of writing earned a place with this century's masters of the genre.The World of Kate Robertsoffers in English a large selection of stories, many previously, untranslated, that span her long writing career. Joseph P. Clancy's translations convey the intensity, the insight, and the distinctive prose style with which this Welsh-language writer illuminates her characters' often heroic ordinary lives. This book contains twenty-seven short stories, two short novels, and "Tea in the Heather," eight linked stories of childhood in North Wales at the turn of the century. Excerpts from her autobiography provide background for the non-Welsh reader and an Introduction presents Kate Roberts' life and work largely through her own words.The experience of poverty is the vital center of Kate Roberts' fiction: material poverty in the slate-quarrying villages of North Wales and the coal-mining communities in the south at the turn of the century and during the Depression; and the cultural, moral, and spiritual poverty of contemporary life in a small town. This poverty defines the experiences and tests the resources of her characters. Her concern was to record, to examine, and to celebrate without sentimentality the life of the close-knit society in which she had grown up. What is most characteristically Welsh in Roberts' vision is that fellowship, membership in a community, is essential to the realization of the human self. "We never saw riches," observed Kate Roberts, "but we had riches that no one can take away from us, the riches of a language and a culture." Author note:Joseph P. Clancy, a poet and a leading translator from the Welsh, is Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College.
The. Battle. of. Christmas. Sunday, December i There's one thing to be said for a
poor sermon, you can let your mind wander where you will, and my mind was in
the cellar throughout the sermon tonight, with the scores of toys that are waiting to
Author: Kate Roberts
Publisher: Temple University Press
From absurd 911 calls to presidential philosophizing and foolish felons, Leland Gregory generates the best laughs by exposing the worst of human nature. Following up his New York Times best-selling Stupid American History, Gregory sets his sights on the holidays as he exposes mind-numbing mistletoe maladies in Stupid Christmas: Idiots under the Mistletoe. Perhaps it's the spiked eggnog or the multiple family members gathered around crazy-colored, twinkly lights, but the holidays are rife with idiocy by the daft and the dumb. Inside this latest collection, Gregory offers more than 200 accounts of holiday-induced stupidity, including: * While smoke billowed out of the store, firefighters had to physically restrain enthusiastic shoppers from entering a Great Lakes Mall store during an electrical fire. * In 1995, officials debated over whom to invite to the city's Christmas tree ceremony: President Bill Clinton or the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. * As a joke, Andrew Jackson sent formal invitations to his Christmas ball to a well-known mother-and-daughter prostitute team in Salisbury, North Carolina.
... standing in the boat, leading his men across the river on Christmas Eve, 1776,
to surprise the British at the Battle of Trenton. It has all the elements of a true
painting of Americana: George Washington, Christmas, and weary soldiers. What
Author: Leland Gregory
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments.The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ.Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve in 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, a French soldier
leaped out of his foxhole in the midst of the battle and began singing the carol “O
Holy Night.” He was soon joined by other Frenchmen, and all gunfire ceased.
Author: Ace Collins
Describes the spontaneous celebration that occurred in the trenches on Christmas Eve in 1914 during World War I, when participants on both sides briefly put aside their differences to exchange gifts, share food, and enjoy a brief moment of peace.
Describes the spontaneous celebration that occurred in the trenches on Christmas Eve in 1914 during World War I, when participants on both sides briefly put aside their differences to exchange gifts, share food, and enjoy a brief moment of ...
Author: Stanley Weintraub