Analyzing Christmas in Film

Santa to the Supernatural


Author: Lauren Rosewarne

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498541828

Category: Social Science

Page: 558

View: 8404

Film plays a vital role in the celebration of Christmas. For decades, it has taught audiences about what the celebration of the season looks like – from the decorations to the costumes and to the expected snowy weather – as well as mirrors our own festivities back to us. Films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Home Alone have come to play key roles in real-life domestic celebrations: watching such titles has become, for many families, every bit as important as tree-trimming and leaving cookies out for Santa. These films have exported the American take on the holiday far and wide and helped us conjure an image of the perfect holiday. Rather than settling the ‘what is a Christmas film?’ debate – indeed, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are discussed within – Analyzing Christmas in Film: Santa to the Supernatural focuses on the how Christmas is presented on the deluge of occasions when it appears. While most Christmas films are secular, religion makes many cameos, appearing through Nativity references, storylines involving spiritual rebirth, the framing of Santa as a Christ-like figure and the all-importance of family, be it the Holy family or just those gathered around the dining table. Also explored are popular narratives involving battles with stress and melancholy, single parents and Christmas martyrs, visits from ghosts and angels, big cities and small towns, break-ups and make-ups and the ticking clock of mortality. Nearly 1000 films are analyzed in this volume to determine what the portrayal of Christmas reveals about culture, society and faith as well as sex roles, consumerism, aesthetics and aspiration.

Chance for Love

Dangerous Desires


Author: Rachelle Ayala

Publisher: Rachelle Ayala


Category: Fiction

Page: 1158

View: 4146

"High Stakes, Danger, and a Chance for Love." Three romances fraught with danger from bestselling author Rachelle Ayala. Broken Build - Exciting Romantic Suspense/Technothriller set in Silicon Valley. A female engineer hides a horrible secret. Can she escape discovery, a killer, and a broken heart? Hidden Under Her Heart - A heartfelt romance sizzling with controversy. A young nurse swears off sex to land a marrying man. But an unexpected pregnancy and a dark secret threaten her chance for true love. Knowing Vera - Suspenseful romance, an unsolved murder, and love on the beach. A young woman seeks to prove her father innocent of murdering her boyfriend's mother. crime, women's fiction, romantic suspense, romance boxed set, boxed set

A Bad Boy for Christmas


Author: Jessica Lemmon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1455558095

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 1767

'Tis the Season to Be Naughty Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that's a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . . With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they'll have to decide if they're ready to give each other the best gift of all-love. "Everything I love in a romance." --- Lori Foster, 2014

Santa’s Naughty List, 25 Tales Of Paranormal Bad Boys Christmas


Author: Julia Mills,P.T. Macias,C.A. Tibbitts,Darlene Kuncytes,Dariel Raye,K.C. Harper,Monica Corwin,Danielle James,Diana Marie DuBois,Solease M Barner,Heather Kirchhoff,C. D. Gorri,KD Jones,Samantha Laverell,Stephanie Maycott,Georgiana Pallett,DaniellaWhitehorse,Amanda Kimberley,Melissa Bell

Publisher: Julia Mills

ISBN: 1310129940

Category: Fiction

Page: 1334

View: 386

25 Tales Of Paranormal Bad Boys Christmas are sexy, naughty, but nice. This group of twenty-five amazing authors decided to give you a Christmas treat. These stories were written with heart, love, and pleasure. The goal to provide the readers stories to enjoy this Christmas.

Bad Boys of Christmas

Twelve Naughty Christmas Tales


Author: Brenda Stokes Lee

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542350334


Page: 214

View: 7642

Santa's checked his list twice and has declared these Sexy Bad Boys are Naughty, Nasty and Nice! 12 Erotic Tales in one sizzling anthology. This Christmas collection contains 12 of the sexiest, outrageous Bad Boy Christmas tales you could ever imagine. Seven blazing hot pens... Wielded by 7 dynamic authors- August Storm, Lee Meryl, Shyann Savage, Danee' Daniels, Snow Wynters, Erotika Knight and Brenda Stokes Lee... Who collaborate to produce a sultry, 12 story Christmas anthology. Plainly stated, this Gift Set highlights 12 of the Sexiest Bad Boys who ever celebrated Christmas. Each tale is hotter than the last and guaranteed to satisfy your naughty nature and make you squirm in your seat. This collection is designed to be quick bites of love and lust which will tantalize your erotic taste buds. It is the perfect Holiday quickie and a great gift. Bad Boys of Christmas Anthology contains such Christmas Stories as: 1. What Are You Doing New Years- Two strangers find comfort in each other's arms on a cold, snowy Christmas Eve night. 2. Love by Design- A rich and famous Fashion Designer discovers Christmas Miracles are real and Cupid's arrow can strike anywhere and anytime. 3. A Christmas Gift from the Maestro- A classical piano instructor experiences the piano recital of a lifetime when he decides it's time for his prodigy to play a different instrument. 4. Tis the Seasons Dreams to Come True- A successful young author discovers there is more to success than just money and reclaims precious, lost treasure. 5. All I Want for Christmas- Misdirection, misunderstandings and little white lies threaten to ruin what would become a perfect Christmas. 6. Seduction of Mrs. Claus- Even Santa needs love to keep him warm on a frosty Christmas Eve. 7. Royally Screwed- A young frisky Prince finds a little too much Christmas love and is caught with his hands in the Christmas cookie jar. 8. A New Toy for Christmas- A young attorney gets the ride of her life from a handsome stranger on Christmas Eve. 9. Santa's Coming- A naughty dream about Santa Claus sets the stage for an exciting encounter between a young college student and a lonely divorcee. 10. Santa's Ho, Ho, Hoeing Around- This Santa has been spreading his yuletide log all around and gets a peppermint treat he won't soon forget. 11. Let's Play- Two strangers who meet in a bar one Christmas Eve discover they have something in common. Alone for Christmas they decide to bring in the holiday together. 12. Chance Brought Us together- Stranded in a library in a blizzard, a librarian and a patron make a sexy wager that turns the library into an inferno. *Order now to enjoy your first Christmas Quickie!

Harlequin Romance December 2016 Box Set

Winter Wedding for the Prince\Christmas in the Boss's Castle\Her Festive Doorstep Baby\Holiday with the Mystery Italian


Author: Barbara Wallace,Scarlet Wilson,Kate Hardy,Ellie Darkins

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 148802751X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 7884

Harlequin® Romance brings you four new titles for one great price, available now! Experience the rush of falling in love! This Harlequin® Romance box set includes: WINTER WEDDING FOR THE PRINCE Royal House of Corinthia by Barbara Wallace Crown Prince Armando enlists royal assistant Rosa Lamberti to help him find a suitable wife, but a surprise kiss under the mistletoe awakens feelings he thought long buried! Rosa is shocked to realize she yearns to be Armando’s bride… Will she get the best Christmas gift of all—her own royal wedding? CHRISTMAS IN THE BOSS’S CASTLE Maids Under the Mistletoe by Scarlet Wilson Chambermaid Grace Ellis loves Christmas, but she’s spending this season working. So when her boss, Finlay "Scrooge" Armstrong, offers her a magical Christmas in Scotland, she can’t resist! Snowbound in his castle, Grace starts to melt the ice around widower Finlay’s heart. He never thought he’d love again, but could Grace be his Christmas miracle? HER FESTIVE DOORSTEP BABY by Kate Hardy When baby Hope is left on Amy Howes’s doorstep on Christmas Eve, enigmatic but gorgeous neighbor Dr. Josh Farnham is there to lend her a helping hand. Although they both have demons to fight, Josh and Amy forge a bond as unexpected as it is heart-stopping. This little Hope could change their lives forever! HOLIDAY WITH THE MYSTERY ITALIAN by Ellie Darkins When paralyzed tycoon Mauro Evans stars in a charity dating show, he can’t resist the challenge of picking prickly Amber Harris to take on holiday! Amber’s determined to ignore his attraction, but Mauro’s bravery threatens to tear down her defenses and give her a new Christmas dream—ringing in the New Year with wedding bells! Join to earn FREE books and more. Earn points for all your Harlequin purchases from wherever you shop.

Getting In the Spirit

Naughty & Nice in Sapphire Falls


Author: Erin Nicholas

Publisher: Erin Nicholas

ISBN: 0991557999

Category: Fiction

Page: 168

View: 373

It’s Christmas time in Sapphire Falls! At least one good thing has come from Levi Spencer's car accident-- it seems to have knocked some sense into him. He's ready to leave his wild Vegas playboy ways behind and become a new man. And he knows just the place to do it... his brother Joe's new hometown. He's never spent time in a place described as quaint or idyllic, and now he intends to revel in every charming, sweet thing he can find. Like the homegrown country girl his brother sets him up with for the Christmas formal. Kate Leggot wants just one great Christmas. After a childhood without Christmas at all and three failed attempts to find the seasonal magic on her own, she agrees to spend the holiday with her friend Phoebe in Sapphire Falls. The Christmas-crazy town is a far cry from San Francisco and Kate quickly finds herself drawn into everything from the snow to the hot cocoa. And, of course, the sweet country boy Phoebe has set her up with for the formal. Looks like she's going to get everything she wanted-- and more-- under the tree this year. A not-so-little mix-up, a hot kiss under the mistletoe and a candy cane or two later and December in Sapphire Falls has never been so hot. This is a novella, about half the length of the novels in this series. Read only if you like fun, small town contemporary romances where they talk dirty and act even dirtier.

Naughty & Nice 3-Story Bundle (Room at the Inn, All I Want for Christmas Is You, and One Perfect Christmas)


Author: Ruthie Knox,Molly O'Keefe,Stefanie Sloane

Publisher: Loveswept

ISBN: 0345544366

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

View: 8996

’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night. ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Molly O’Keefe Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon? ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Sloane After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane Merriweather turns to her dear childhood friend, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh, for support—and unlocks the smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one glance is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning. If Lucas can convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow, they’ll turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.

The Cute and the Cool

Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture


Author: Gary Cross

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190288868

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 439

The twentieth century was, by any reckoning, the age of the child in America. Today, we pay homage at the altar of childhood, heaping endless goods on the young, reveling in memories of a more innocent time, and finding solace in the softly backlit memories of our earliest years. We are, the proclamation goes, just big kids at heart. And, accordingly, we delight in prolonging and inflating the childhood experiences of our offspring. In images of the naughty but nice Buster Brown and the coquettish but sweet Shirley Temple, Americans at mid-century offered up a fantastic world of treats, toys, and stories, creating a new image of the child as "cute." Holidays such as Christmas and Halloween became blockbuster affairs, vehicles to fuel the bedazzled and wondrous innocence of the adorable child. All this, Gary Cross illustrates, reflected the preoccupations of a more gentle and affluent culture, but it also served to liberate adults from their rational and often tedious worlds of work and responsibility. But trouble soon entered paradise. The "cute" turned into "cool" as children, following their parental example, embraced the gift of fantasy and unrestrained desire to rebel against the saccharine excesses of wondrous innocence in deliberate pursuit of the anti-cute. Movies, comic books, and video games beckoned to children with the allures of an often violent, sexualized, and increasingly harsh worldview. Unwitting and resistant accomplices to this commercial transformation of childhood, adults sought-over and over again, in repeated and predictable cycles-to rein in these threats in a largely futile jeremiad to preserve the old order. Thus, the cute child-deliberately manufactured and cultivated--has ironically fostered a profoundly troubled ambivalence toward youth and child rearing today. Expertly weaving his way through the cultural artifacts, commercial currents, and parenting anxieties of the previous century, Gary Cross offers a vibrant and entirely fresh portrait of the forces that have defined American childhood.

A Muffin Top Christmas


Author: Tabatha Kiss

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781541203044


Page: 84

View: 3456

Naughty or nice. Why not both? He's a bad boy with a bakery. She's a BBW with a bar. And they just had a baby. 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the bakery, not a creature was stirring, except a six-month-old boy named Zachary. The condoms were stashed in the bedroom with care, in the hopes that my Evey would soon be there. When out in the alley there rose such a clatter, I sprang from my kitchen to see what was the matter. Away to the bar I raced with such dread, to find my Evey with a gun to her head... This short and sweet novella takes place six months after the hit bestseller Muffin Top! Vincent and Evey are back for the holidays but they aren't alone! Who's hooking up? Who's pregnant? And who's out for revenge? All these questions and more will be answered, just in time to whisk you a Merry Christmas! BONUS! Includes The Muffin Top Cookbook - five recipes from Boston's favorite bakery!