America's Favorite Holidays: Candid Histories


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University of California Press
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6.0 X 0.8 X 8.0 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Bruce David Forbes is Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College, author of Christmas: A Candid History, and coeditor of Religion and Popular Culture in America.


"After you read all five chapters of 'America's Favorite Holidays' you will not only be more reflective, you will be poised to win the trivia contest at all of your holiday parties this year and beyond."--Hilary Levey Friedman"Providence Journal" (11/22/2015)
"America's Favorite Holidays is an immensely readable book that provides a very engaging history of five widely-celebrated holidays in the United States."--Samira K. Mehta"Reading Religion" (05/01/2016)
"This slender book, which is adorned with whimsical drawings of Cupid and Santa Claus, is deceptively thought-provoking. Bruce David Forbes, a professor of religious studies, writes in a style that is more confessional than that of the typical academic. . . . He excels in providing entertaining tidbits. . . . The book is presented as light and entertaining, and Forbes readily delivers on this promise."-- (11/20/2015)
"This new book by Forbes discusses the particulars of our now widely accepted cultural practices surrounding Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. The nature of folk and cultural traditions is such that we often assume that present-day customs have always been the norm. Forbes presents a genial and ably written corrective to that tendency. . . . This accessible work deserves a wide readership."-- (01/01/2016)
"This is a delightful book, full of history presented with a gracious and light touch--in other words, a perfect holiday present. . . . Highly recommended."-- (05/01/2016)