Free Xmas Celebration Origin Lectures from Teaching Company

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Dear Robert,

Season's greetings! To thank you for being our customer, we have specially commissioned two holiday lectures by Professor Patrick N. Allitt. Our free gifts to you, "Christmas in Victorian Britain" and "Christmas in 19th-century America," are available for download or streaming right now. To listen, click here.

In "Christmas in Victorian Britain," Professor Allitt explores the celebration of Christmas as we know it today, with decorations, music, and lavish gift exchanges, and where it began—Victorian Britain. While the holiday had older traditions such as those that celebrated the winter solstice, the Victorians enhanced and clarified the religious elements of Christmas and at the same time commercialized it.

After familiarizing yourself with the origins of modern-day Christmas, explore "Christmas in 19th-century America." How did different ethnic groups in America celebrate Christmas in the early 19th century? Why did New Englanders often want to avoid all forms of celebration while Pennsylvania Germans dressed up, visited each other, and drank heavily? After the Civil War, Christmas celebrations began to be standardized throughout the nation under the influence of the new department stores, which ran the Christmas-oriented marketing campaigns we are familiar with today.

Professor Patrick N. Allitt is Professor of History at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born and raised in central England and received his B.A. in British and European History from Oxford University. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Allitt has served as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Divinity School and at the Princeton University Center for the Study of American Religion.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail with the lecture links to any friends of yours who might also like them. They are free for them, too.

We hope you enjoy the lectures. We send them with warmest wishes for a happy holiday season for you and yours.

Brandon C. Hidalgo, CEO

The Teaching Company

Follow the directions on downloading on the page linked above. Suggest you download into your iTunes library folder. You will still have to add them to your iTunes Library by either clicking them to open with iTunes or by Edit>Add File and browsing to the two lectures.

Sounds like fun. I am downloading now and will report on my impressions.

Robert
 
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