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How Christmas Became a Respectable Holiday -- Atascadero Course -- Dick Miller
Atascadero City/County Library Community Room
Atascadero,, CA
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How Christmas Became a Respectable Holiday -- Atascadero Course -- Dick Miller
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 course will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. at Atascadero City/County Library Community Room.

    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.

   This is a repeat by popular demand of a LLCC course that was offered twice before at holiday time. This year we are offering this course to residents both in North County in Paso Robles and in South County in Nipomo.

   You can become a member of Lifelong Learners of the Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast and pay the member's price for this course.  Go to www.lifelearnerscc.org and click on the "join us" tab for details.

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Atascadero City/County Library Community Room (View)
6555 Capistrano
Atascadero,, CA 93422
United States

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Education > Classes

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Non-Smoking: Yes!

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