Celebrating the Family: Ethnicity, Consumer Culture, and Family Rituals,


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Nostalgia for the imagined warm family gatherings of yesteryear has coloured our understanding of family celebrations. Elizabeth Pleck examines two centuries of changing family traditions and finds a complicated process of change in the way Americans celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year and Passover, as well as the life cycle rituals of birth, coming of age, marriage and death. By the early 19th century carnivalesque celebrations outside the home were becoming sentimental occasions ...

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