Santa Claus and Other Myths

candidchristmas.JPGOr is “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” real? How about the Christmas tree, mistletoe and Rudolph?

I just stumbled upon a review of a new book, Christmas: A Candid History, written by Bruce David Forbes. Forbes is a Methodist and a professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College and the co-editor of Religion and Popular Culture in America.

Being a history buff, I read the Amazon and Foreword reviews with interest, so I’m wondering if I should get a copy. I’m wary, though, of two things: a mainline author I haven’t heard of until now, and a suspect publisher, University of California Press (mainline theologians and UC aren’t exactly bastions of Biblical inerrancy).

Anyone who has read it? Is it worth getting?

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