The Book Of Christmas


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- What is the significance of holly at Christmas? - When should you make your figgy pudding? - Why was the Old Lad's Passing Bell rung on Christmas Eve? - And who was Good King Wenceslas? Did you know that, long before turkey arrived on our shores, it was traditional to serve a roasted wild boar's head at Christmas? Or that our Christmases were once so cold that Frost Fairs were held on the River Thames? Christmas Day was first celebrated on 25 December in the fourth century CE. But when should our Christmas decorations come down - Twelfth Day, Twelfth Night ... or Candlemas? And why? Packed with fascinating facts about ancient religious customs and traditional feasts, instructions for Victorian parlour games and the stories behind our favourite carols, The Book of Christmas is a captivating volume about our Christmas past.

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Author by Jane Struthers
Genre eBook Reference
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ISBN Number 9781448148936

The Book Of Christmas


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Author by Thomas Kibble Hervey
Genre eBook Christmas
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ISBN Number NYPL:33433068260177

The Book Of Christmas


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Retells the stories of Christ's birth, Christmas trolls, ghosts, the Nutcracker, the Lord of Misrule, and Father Christmas describes special holidays associated with Christmas, and includes lyrics to traditional songs

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Author by Brendan Lehane
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 0809452618

A Book Of Christmas


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Explains the many strange customs and ceremonies which are part of Christmas, tracing rituals from their Stone-Age beginnings to present-day practices in all parts of the world, and analyzing the pagan and Christian mid-winter festival.

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Author by William Sansom
Genre eBook Christmas
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ISBN Number UCSC:32106005807026

The Penguin Book Of Christmas Stories


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The perfect gift this Christmas season: a generous selection of some of the greatest festive stories of all time This is a collection of the most magical, moving, chilling and surprising Christmas stories from around the world, taking us from frozen Nordic woods to glittering Paris, a New York speakeasy to an English country house, bustling Lagos to midnight mass in Rio, and even outer space. Here are classic tales from writers including Truman Capote, Shirley Jackson, Dylan Thomas, Saki and Chekhov, as well as little-known treasures such as Italo Calvino's wry sideways look at Christmas consumerism, Wolfdietrich Schnurre's story of festive ingenuity in Berlin, Selma Lagerlof's enchanted forest in Sweden, and Irène Nemerovsky's dark family portrait. Featuring santas, ghosts, trolls, unexpected guests, curmudgeons and miracles, here is Christmas as imagined by some of the greatest short story writers of all time.

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ISBN Number 9780241396711

The Young Oxford Book Of Christmas Stories


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Christmas has always been a time for telling stories, and this collection draws on that tradition to create a wonderful mixture of stories for the festive season. It includes stories about presents and surprises; about family quarrels and loneliness; about both happy and sad times - and, ofcourse, about ghosts. It all adds up to a thought provoking and absorbing collection which brings together stories about all the different faces of Christmas, and what it means to us.

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Author by Dennis Pepper
Genre eBook Children's stories, English
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ISBN Number 0192781693

The Book Of Christmas Hymns


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Author by Christmas hymns
Genre eBook Christmas
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ISBN Number OXFORD:590228791

The Puffin Book Of Christmas Stories


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The Puffin Book of Christmas Stories is essential Christmas-time reading including classics from all eras. A new collection of Christmas stories, from traditional to real life, humour and most importantly, plenty of the magic of Christmas. Writers range from Charles Dickens to Gillian Cross and Malorie Blackman. Wendy Cooling, a former teacher and Head of the Children's Book Foundation (now Book Trust), works as a freelance book consultant, reviewer and editor. She recently put together the successful millennium collection, CENTURIES OF STORIES. Wendy livesin Hertfordshire.

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Author by Wendy Cooling
Genre eBook Juvenile Fiction
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ISBN Number 9780241380420

Christmas


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"In a fascinating, concise tour through history, the book tells the story of Christmas-from its pre-Christian roots, through the birth of Jesus, to the holiday's spread across Europe into the Americas and beyond, and to its mind-boggling transformation through modern consumer culture."--Page 2 of cover.

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Author by Bruce David Forbes
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 0520258029

The Children S Book Of Christmas Stories


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Author by Anonymous
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ISBN Number 9781465515292