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Christmas Has Long History as Day for Role Reversal

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Christmas Has Long History as Day for Role Reversal

Christmas Has Long History as Day for Role Reversal

Christmas Has Long History as Day for Role Reversal

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From rowdy medieval carolers demanding beer, to British Army officers serving their subordinates, Christmas-time has a long tradition of shaking up social status. NPR's Renee Montagne talks to Stephen Nissenbaum, author of The Battle for Christmas, which chronicles the history of role-reversal on Christmas.