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How Christmas Became a Respectable Holiday -- Dick Miller
San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church
San Luis Obispo, CA
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How Christmas Became a Respectable Holiday -- Dick Miller
Wednesday December 5  2018 10 am - 12pm

San Luis Obispo Methodist Church

$5 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members

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Until the 1820s "traditional" American Christmas was typically a weeks-long riot of  revelry, drunkenness, debauchery, and  public disorder. Respectable people were appalled, and set out to convert the holiday from a pagan carnival by the lower orders into a celebration of piety, family, good cheer and proper deportment.

Within decades, Christmas had been tamed, domesticated, made a national holiday, and was primed to become, in later generations, a festival of consumer consumption.

This lecture-discussion course will explore how and why the Christmas we know came to be, and why we have, for the most part, forgotten its origins.

This is a course that Dick Miller has taught before.  LLCC likes to bring it back in season because of popular demand.

  Your instructor for this course is Dick Miller, a retired historian and long-time OLLI and LLCC instructor, with a raging curiosity about the origins of everyday things. His parents decorated his boyhood Christmas trees with cranberry and popcorn strings, century-old glass ornaments, and candles.

If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.


San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church (View)
1515 Fredericks Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
United States


Education > Classes

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast
On BPT Since: Jun 04, 2012
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