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Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture$
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Sheila Whiteley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748628087

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628087.001.0001

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Reflections of a Jewish Childhood during Christmas

Reflections of a Jewish Childhood during Christmas

(p.188) Chapter 12 Reflections of a Jewish Childhood during Christmas
Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture

Gerry Bloustien

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter illustrates how the pressures to conform create their own specific pressures. On reflection, it wonders whether the author has laid too heavy a responsibility on the celebration of Christmas, whether she has lost her own pleasure and enjoyment of Christmas completely. As a child of migrant parents growing up in post-war Britain, she lived between two cultures. Christmas seemed magical and seductive, particularly to a child in between cultures, as it were. In many British Jewish homes in the post-war period of growing affluence, under constant pressure from their young children and television advertising, Hanukkah gifts became larger and more in line with what their non-Jewish school-friends were receiving.

Keywords:   post-war Britain, Christmas, Jewish childhood, British Jewish homes, Britain, Hanukkah gifts

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