Moravian Christmas in the South

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This inviting book explores the Christmas celebrations of the Moravian Church in the South, whose members were marking the holiday as early as the 1780s in ways recognizable to modern Americans. This abundantly illustrated volume explores the many facets of traditional Moravian Christmas celebrations, including decorations (such as the idiosyncratic "Putz"), food and beverages, gifts, services, and music. Thomas discusses how these traditions evolved over time, within and outside the Moravian communities, as well...
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Overview

This inviting book explores the Christmas celebrations of the Moravian Church in the South, whose members were marking the holiday as early as the 1780s in ways recognizable to modern Americans. This abundantly illustrated volume explores the many facets of traditional Moravian Christmas celebrations, including decorations (such as the idiosyncratic "Putz"), food and beverages, gifts, services, and music. Thomas discusses how these traditions evolved over time, within and outside the Moravian communities, as well as how certain non-Moravian Christmas traditions were incorporated into the Moravian customs. Includes 128 color illus.
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"[A] lively and delightfully illustrated book. . . . An exploration of gifts, the book itself would make a remarkable one for any reader interested in Moravian history and material culture."
-Religious Studies Review

A truly impressive treat. . . . A lavishly illustrated volume full of historical detail, traditions, and more. Moravian Christmas in the South is a book the whole family can enjoy. It's the next best thing to being there.

America

The vividly illustrated book, [Moravian Christmas in the South], is a captivating guide to understanding and engaging in the rich celebrations of the past.

Winston-Salem Monthly

"The ultimate Moravian coffee table book! . . . This handsome edition engages the reader with sights and sounds of Moravian Christmases past and present. . . . An excellent Christmas present for any Moravian household!"
The Moravian

Nancy Smith Thomas has captured much of the Moravians' contributions to Christmas in a well-researched, clearly-written and beautifully illustrated new book. . . .

Baptists Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831816
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Smith Thomas is an independent scholar living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has worked at Old Salem Museums & Gardens for eighteen years, focusing on Christmas interpretation and programming, and frequently presents lectures and workshops on Christmas decorations and traditions.

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