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Who knew you needed a book on Christmas?
on 24 November 2009
What a brilliant little book. It's much more interesing that I expected; in fact, I'm not sure what I expected of a book on Christmas. I ordered it because I write for a company that makes special products for Christmas, and I've been doing a bit of research into the mythology, folklore and history. It's been far more difficult than I'd imagined. This delightful guide extends much further back than whole official Christmas thing - you know, the birth of Jesus and all that - with Norse Yule, Roman Saturnalia and the church's decision on which date to choose for Christ's official birthday. (It's a bit like the Queen's.) If you were brought up believing that Jesus was really born on 25th December, then wondered how Christmas trees, Santa Claus, stockings, reindeer and turkeys fitted into the mix, here you have all the answers. Great for atheists, agnostics, Christmas loves and Scrooges alike.