Sarah Palin launches Christmas book tour in Bethlehem, Pa.

Book asserts importance of faith in Holiday

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Sarah Palin has launched her book tour in eastern Pennsylvania.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee on has signed copies of her new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas" at a Barnes & Noble store outside Bethlehem on Tuesday night

The book went on sale Tuesday.

Palin chose to start her book tour near a city with obvious connections to the holiday. Bethlehem was founded by Moravians on Christmas Eve, 1741. Its nickname is the "Christmas City" and the city draws many tourists during the holiday season.

According to publisher Harper Collins, in Good Tidings and Great Joy Palin calls for bringing back the freedom to express the Christian values of the season. She asserts the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas -- in public displays, school concerts, pageants, and our expressions to one another other -- and laments the over-commercialization and homogenization of Christmas in today's society.

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