Christmas in New York

Christmas in New York

by Daniel Pool
     
 

New York is seemingly the center of the universe during the Christmas season, beginning with Santa's arrival in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and culminating with the dropping of the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve. And why not? After all, New York is the birthplace of electric Christmas tree lights, Lionel trains, F. A. O. Schwarz, "White Christmas,"

Overview

New York is seemingly the center of the universe during the Christmas season, beginning with Santa's arrival in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and culminating with the dropping of the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve. And why not? After all, New York is the birthplace of electric Christmas tree lights, Lionel trains, F. A. O. Schwarz, "White Christmas," and, of course, Santa Claus.
In Christmas in New York, Daniel Pool takes the reader on a tour of present-day New York Christmas attractions (the Rockefeller Center Tree, the store windows, the shows, the songs, the smells.) He tells little-known facts and stories about the history of Christmas in New York (how Maurice Sendak's career started designing F. A. O. Schwarz windows; how Guy Lombardo's "Auld Lang Syne" became the official New Year's song; a complete "Santology"). And finally, there is a section on "The Ghosts of Christmas Past"—long-time New York Christmas traditions that have fallen by the wayside. A marvelous mingling of the now and then, Pool's book, with fifty unique photographs and a characteristic biting wit, conveys the true New York Christmas spirit.

Editorial Reviews

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New York's holiday traditions are America's traditions. Ever wonder how "Auld Lang Syne" came to be the official song of New Year's Eve? (Hint: Guy Lombardo had a big hand in it.) Or when the first sidewalk Santa appeared on the streets of Manhattan? If so, Daniel Pool's Christmas in New York is the book for you. It's an engaging history of the holidays and the manner in which the Big Apple observes them, from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (the 1928 parade was the first to feature inflatable balloons, including Felix the Cat, a dragon, a toy soldier, and an elephant, among other characters) to New Year's Eve in Times Square (a giant ball, then made of cast iron, was first dropped to signify the arrival of 1907).
Midwest Book Review
...engaging, informative, entertaining, and a tribute to New York at Christmastime.
New York Times Book Review
[L]ike a festive shot of eggnog, with the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and other New York holiday traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888363555
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL POOL has spent most of his adult life teaching and practicing law in New York City. His first book, What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew (Simon & Schuster, 1993), was an alternate selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, and the History Book Club, as was his second book, Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters (HarperCollins, Spring 1997). He lives in New York City.

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