2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CL 313 - History of Christmas

(3.00 cr.)

Is Christmas the commemoration of Jesus' birth? Or is it a pagan winter festival hiding behind a thin but deceptive veil of Christian images and ideas? Students will discover that the holiday is both of these things and a good deal more to boot. Students examine the origins and many transformations of the holiday and how the holiday has both reflected and helped determine the course of history. Topics include the Christmas tree, gift giving, the suppression of Christmas, the Nativity accounts, pagan precedents and, of course, Santa. Same course as HS 313 .

Prerequisite: One HS100-level course.
Sessions Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Years Typically Offered: Varies

Interdisciplinary Studies: IC

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