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Christmas as Religion: Rethinking Santa, the Secular, and the Sacred

Christopher Deacy


This book begins with the premise that religion plays an elementary role in our understanding of the Christmas festival, but takes issue with much of the existing literature which is predilected to associate ‘religion’ with formal or institutional forms of Christianity or to construe Christmas as a commercial and secular holiday. In Christmas as Religion, Deacy argues that such approaches fail to take adequate stock of the manifold ways in which people’s beliefs and values take shape in modern society. It may be, for example, that a supernaturally-themed Christmas film about Santa or a Christm ... More

Keywords: Christmas, religion, secular, consumerism, Santa, Jesus, supernatural, Junior Choice, Durkheim, Eliade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Deacy, author
Reader in Theology & Religious Studies, University of Kent