Christmas, ideology and popular culture by Sheila Whiteley

By Sheila Whiteley

How can we comprehend Christmas? What does it suggest? This ebook is a full of life creation to the learn of pop culture via one principal case learn. It explores the cultural, social and old contexts of Christmas within the united kingdom, united states and Australia, overlaying such subject matters as fiction, movie, tv, paintings, newspapers and magazines, battle, well known song and carols. Chapters discover the ways that the creation of which means is mediated by means of the social and cultural actions surrounding Christmas (watching Christmas movies, tv, listening or attractive with well known tune and carols), its courting to a collection of simple values (the idealised build of the family), social relationships (community), and the ways that ideological discourses are used and mobilised, now not least in occasions of clash, terrorism and battle

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Nicholas contains several references to the Christmas tree, which was evidently by now well established in the middle-class home at Christmas (1895: 23:2, opposite p. 91). ’, the focus is on five children, a maid and a dog, all gazing out of the glass half of a front door, either eagerly awaiting the delivery of a tree or admiring it outside. Wreaths and mistletoe hang over the door. A few pages further on, the story ‘A Christmas White Elephant’ by W. A. ’ ‘Yes. 5 ‘Father Christmas’ (cut-out card of late 1880s/early 1890s, produced by Raphael Tuck).

Some links can be made with the ‘Spirit of Christmas Present’ in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, perhaps, with the author’s description and its faithful illustration by Leech: It was clothed in one simple deep green robe, or mantle, bordered with white fur . . on its head it wore no other covering than a holly wreath set here and there with shining icicles. Its dark brown curls were long and free: free as its genial face, its sparkling eye, its open hand, its cheery voice, its unconstrained      41 demeanour, and its joyful air.

According to Buday, robins were popular motifs from the 1850s onwards (Buday 1954: 99), with their traditional associations (some cited the legend of Christ’s blood dropping on to a robin’s breast). 7 ‘Rooti-Tooit – I’ve Got Cher’ (1859). Cartoon by John Leech. one of the first ceramic manufacturers to produce Christmas designs on their ware, in about 1861 issued one of a robin standing on a snow-covered branch, after a painting by Harrison Weir which had been illustrated in the Illustrated London News on 5 December 1858.

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