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The Book of Christmas Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091947294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091947293
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.6 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The perfect gift - a beautiful book of traditions and myths for the Christmas season

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A fascinating and enjoyable book, but for me it lost it's way a little towards the end. I had hoped for some information on Christmas laws which have not been repealed (or have they?) For instance the Elizabethan law which stated that you could only travel to church on Christmas day on foot.
The origins of some of the Christmas traditions were glossed over rather than looked at in depth.
This said it made a very enjoyable read and I shall probably dip into it again and again.
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After Can Reindeer Fly?: The Science of Christmas and The Christmas Book: A Treasury of Festive Facts, this is the third book I've bought, read and reviewed on the subject, but there have been plenty of others. Some aspects of Christmas history are not clear, so various opinions exist, and it is good to read about it from different authors. Those authors also bring different perspectives to the subject, so while they discuss a lot of the same things, they do so in different ways and with different priorities. Thus, although I haven't dug out the other two books to compare with this one in detail, I suspect that all three contain information not in the other two.

This book contains practical information such as how to make a snowman and a sledge, how to look after your Christmas tree, what to plant in your garden to attract birds during the winter, and a selection of recipes. In particular, the author discusses how to roast chestnuts (but NOT horse chestnuts - they are good for games of conkers, but not for eating) on an open fire, or in an oven if you haven't got an open fire. The recipes include some from Scotland, including bannocks, haggis and cloutie (or clootie) dumpling. I love cloutie dumpling, but only get a chance to eat it when visiting Montrose, and only then if my aunt opts to make some during my visit. As the author notes, it isn't just eaten at Christmas, but it is for special occasions, so I think it deserves its place here. If you want to try some, a recipe is in this book.
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I will keep this short and sweet. This wonderful book was a joy to pick up and put down. I have read every page of it! INow im going to start it again. Sad to some, but i really enjoyed reading about Christmas and all the trimmings. Im in the UK and this book evoked many happy memories. I love it! Im about to start on the Authors other book. Thank you for writing a book that is full of everything there is to know about Christmas. Ive learnt so much.
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This is a lovely little book to dip in and out of, especially in the run up to Christmas. If you're a fan of the Edwardian or Victorian Christmas farms (as I am) then this is propbably right up your street. Excellent condition and delivery again.
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This book is very enjoyable and informative, with loads of interesting facts about the history if Christmas. A great read.
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This is a pleasant read, with a good variety of topic areas covered. It would make a good gift for someone hard to buy for at Christmas. It would also be great to dip into in December or read while you commute to work in winter.
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An interesting mix of history and tradition.
A good book to pick a page or two to read while you're having a coffee.
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No sooner had I hit the payment button and the product was pushed through the letterbox, it made the perfect surprise Christmas stocking filler and made great reading...
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