Christmas: A Short History for Solstice to Santa; Andy Thomas

Christmas: A Short History for Solstice to Santa; Andy Thomas

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Covering ancient ceremonies, mythology, the gospels and traditions from around the world, Andy Thomas uncovers the fascinating background to one of the biggest festive seasons – Christmas.

Have you ever wondered where Christmas comes from? Or why and how it has been celebrated throughout the centuries? This book takes you on an intriguing and entertaining journey through its social history.

Learn about the:
astrological associations
symbolism of the Nativity
excesses of the Roman festival of Saturnalia
Puritan ban of Christmas
Victorian-era revival
introduction and rise of gift-giving
origins and developments of Father Christmas
food and traditions from around the world
history of its stories, songs and symbols

Andy is a lecturer and author on folklore, histories and unexplained mysteries and has made numerous appearances on radio and TV. Beautifully illustrated, this book tells the fuller story behind the sparkle and the merriment, and shows why Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.

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