The Book of Christmas

The Book of Christmas

By (author) Jane Struthers

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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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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144 x 200 x 30mm | 299.37g
  • 05 Nov 2012
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Ebury Press
  • London
  • English
  • Integrated b/w line drawings
  • 0091947294
  • 9780091947293
  • 71,286

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Jane Struthers is the author of over twenty books, including Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Countryside Wisdom, Beside the Seaside and Literary Britain and Ireland. She shares her 17th-century cotttage and garden in East Sussex with her husband and two cats.

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"The perfect gift for festive season fans" Telegraph "Brimming with baubles of Christmas fact and bedecked with snippets of festive tradition" The Field

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Must-have for Christmas tradition lovers

If you love Christmas traditions or are just curious about how they came about (putting up a tree, making a pudding, celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, singing carols, etc.), I would highly recommend this book. It should be noted that this book is mainly focused on UK Christmas traditions.show more
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