In The Trouble with Christmas Tom Flynn challenges America's most popular sacred cow. Alternately outrageous, satirical, and thoughtful, this rollicking critique calls Christmas to account. How many holiday traditions are authentically Christian? (Next to none.). Does the contemporary Christmas holiday have ancient roots? (Hardly. It was largely invented by six eminent Victorians.). Is the Santa Claus myth unhealthy for children? (Yes, Virginia.). Are Christmas critics discriminated against? (Is "Scrooge" an insult?). What is the future of Christmas as America becomes a multicultural, multifaith society? (Educators should start sweating now.). The Trouble with Christmas is not only for curmudgeons, but for citizens, parents, teachers, and freethinkers of every stripe. Anyone curious about the origins and future of one of the Western world's most celebrated holidays will find something of interest in this provocative book.
America's most popular holiday is not for everyone. Flynn argues that Jews and atheists tolerate Christmas too passively in exchange for social acceptance. Members of faster-growing religious minorities will be less accommodating. Flynn believes that Christmas traditions must be redefined. Perhaps most controversially, he re-opens inquiry into the Santa Claus myth and concludes that belief in Santa harms the young.
|Title:||Trouble with Christmas||Publisher:||Prometheus Books|
|No. of Pages:||244|
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