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Lecture: "The Battle for Christmas: A Cultural History of America’s Most Cherished Tradition"

WHALLONSBURG — The Whallonsburg Grange Hall Lyceum series presents a special holiday lecture Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., called “The Battle for Christmas: A Cultural History of America’s Most Cherished Tradition.” Traditions like Santa Claus, gift-giving to children and family-centered celebrations are relatively recent developments in the “culture wars” over how and when to celebrate Christmas. Stephen Nissenbaum, professor emeritus from UMass and Pulitzer Prize finalist, will discuss how the season was transformed from a carnival of indulgence into a festival of domesticity and consumerism. Admission is a $5 donation, free for students. For more information visit thegrangehall.info.

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