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The Christmas Book
by Francis X. Weiser
188 pp. Paperback - Long out of print and difficult to find!
This book unfolds the story of the celebration of Christmas. Beginning with its gospel and history, the author leads us through the festivities of the Middle Ages to the decline and eventual revival of Christmas customs in Europe and in America. It will surprise many to know that Christmas was not celebrated in this country until as recently as 100 years ago. Readers will discover who introduced the Christmas terr to America, and when candles in the window first became a familiar sight. These, and many more hitherto little-known facts about Christmas, will be found in this tender, inspiring, and informative book. The Christmas Book combines scholarship and humor, imparting through its pages a contagious appreciation of the true Christmas spirit.
There are many delightful carols from many lands, some familiar and a number unfamiliar, with finger tunes illustrating the least known. There are chapters on Saint Nicholas and his spiritual heir, Sant Claus. Christmas breads and pastries are covered in an illuminating and amusing section which also recounts the evolution of our modern mince pie. Robert Frankenberg has caught the ageless spirit of the season with some lovely illustrations. It can truly be said that there is no other Christmas book quite like this one.
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