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Not dancing in the streets? There may be a reason.

Looking forward to Christmas? Before diving under the covers, have a look at Dancing in the Streets: a history of collective joy.  Celebrated author Barbara Ehrenreich says modern society is starved for "the largely ignored and incommunicative thrill of the group united in joy and exaltation."  Before the Puritans, every third day was a church festival. Now, aside from rock concerts and the Stanley Cup, we have only Christmas, which may explain why we start up our yuletide engines in November.  Humbug? To listen to Barbara Ehrenreich on CBC Radio's Tapestry, click here. For more library books on the importance of Festivals, click here.