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Freelance article: Historian illuminates complex history of Christmas in America

December 8, 2010

Here’s an article I wrote for the University of Texas about UT historian Penne Restad’s 1995 book Christmas in America. It’s a topic that has fascinated me for years — and one I thought I was fairly knowledgeable about … until reading this book. There was much I didn’t know. And I really only skimmed the surface with in the article, so I highly recommend the book (with the warning that it is a bit dry and academic in sections but packed with a lot of surprising facts about the evolution of the holiday in this country).


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