The World Encyclopedia of Christmas

The World Encyclopedia of Christmas

Book - 2000
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From the Abbot of Misrule (in medieval Scotland) to Zwarte Piet (in modern Holland), this is a truly comprehensive look at Christmas and all of its customs around the world. Like all the best encyclopedias, this extraordinary book is a reader's paradise, with more than a thousand fascinating and entertaining entries and close to 200 illustrations in black and white and full color.The World Encyclopedia of Christmas contains articles on the history of Christmas baking, drinking, and merry-making, and Christmas dramas, music, literature, art, and films. It includes entries on the evolution of the Christmas tree and the Christmas card, on gift-giving and decoration of church and home. There are profiles of the many gift-bringers, from Santa Claus to Babouschka, and miraculous tales of the numerous saints associated with the season. And there are histories of seasonal celebrations and folk customs around the world, from the United States to Japan, from Egypt to Iceland.Who, for example, knewthe links between the Punch and Judy show and Christmas? That the medieval Paradise tree hung with tempting apples was the forerunner of the Chr
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2000
ISBN: 9780771015311
Branch Call Number: 394.266303/BOW
Alternative Title: Christmas


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Dec 18, 2013

Thanks to the person/s who are tolerant enough of Christianity etc. that the decision has been made to include this very informative book about Christmas traditions etc.!! I am thankful the KCLS has so many copies available! Hope many people will learn from the cultures of other countries! Happy Holidays to you! And Merry Christmas!

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