The Book of Christmas Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012
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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)
The perfect gift - a beautiful book of traditions and myths for the Christmas seasonSee all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
A good book to pick a page or two to read while you're having a coffee.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is amazing! The author has explored every aspect of Christmas from Pagan times to the modern era. It is fascinating and very readable.Published 8 months ago by Ally Ife
Was Ok as far as it went, some interesting snippets, but light on content and didn't really explore any topic far enough.Published 21 months ago by jancis