The Twelve History-Books of Christmas

Tests recently graded and term projects recently submitted, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for many graduate students.  Rather than avoid reading over the break, tis’ the season to sit down with a book usually not found on course syllabi or comprehensive lists.  American historiography is saturated with incisive and anecdotal studies of Christmas.  Like the commercialization of the holiday itself, studies of Christmas have been on an upswing in recent decades.  What follows is a list of the history-books of Christmas past, present, and hopefully future.

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