Naughty & Nice: Online Resources
This is a list of resources connected to the BackStory episode, “Naughty & Nice: The History of the Holiday Season,” originally aired in December of 2009.
- A review of Stephen Nissenbaum’s book, The Battle for Christmas
- Excellent primer on what federal courts have ruled about holiday displays
- Christmas in Colonial Virginia
- 1913 NYT article about the “Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving”
- Why Christmas is a “uniquely American national festival” that can be enjoyed by everybody
- Washington Irving’s role in the creation of the modern Christmas
- How Santa moved “upstate”
- Black, White, and Red: Santa Claus & Race
- 18th Century Christmas stories
- Watch Rabbi Laura Baum (a guest on the show) explain the long and twisted history of Hanukkah… in just three minutes.
- The American history of Hanukkah
- How Hanukkah got a new lease on life
- Reexamining the meaning of Hanukkah
- David Brooks explores some of the holiday’s ironic twists