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SOCI 305 1 3/25/10 Children’s Rituals & Celebrations SOCI 305 Tooth fairy o “for children” pain reduced via reward o “by adults” believe in fantasy, maintain child’s innocence Birthdays emphasize the individual, becomes important because Western society is focused on individualism o Found that birthdays become discussed a lot around the end of the 19 th century and the Victorian era, same time that the idea of innocence begins to take hold o Economic shift, seeing children as emotionally significant o Demonstration of wealth o Nostalgia o Photo opportunity, idea of the moment as a central memory o Mass consumption o Competition for the better party, keep kids on the circuit to get invited to other parties
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Unformatted text preview: • Religious celebrations o Christmas o Christmas as a child’s holiday (Santa Claus, gifts) o in the US Christmas was not celebrated until mid-late 19 th century because it used to be celebrated as a drunken night of revelry (after the harvest ended) o First appearance of Santa Claus as a promotion move by FAO Schwartz, not a long standing tradition o Becomes a children’s holiday at the end of the 19 th century o Hanukkah o Means for immigrant parents to convince their children not to convert to Christmas/Christian customs o Halloween o Costumes: gendered, sexualization of girls, violence for boys,...
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