Culture and emotion in christmas: The elementary forms of the spiritual life

Paul G. Schervish, Raymond J. Halnon, Karen Bettez Halnon

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I think it's the most wonderful time of the year and the most difficult time of the year. I think it is the worst of holidays and I think it's the best of holidays. I really do. I think just because of all the depression and the mental illness and watching people react to it and the fact that people are alone and it's supposed to be this great get-together-bonding-experience. Supposedly here is the light of the world that's gonna make everything better. He's gonna take people and bring them together and all this kinda great stuff and it just isn't reality. I mean it's a nice little Hallmark card but it's not really reality. So I think that it's the best of times, it's the worst of times. And I think I can actually sit somewhere and say that truthfully, because for me it has been the best of times, and it has been the worst of times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-170
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
StatePublished - Sep 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Sociology and Political Science


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