A Christmas Compendium

A Christmas Compendium

Book - 2005
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How much do you know about Christmas and its many traditions? Who was Father Christmas? What is the significance of the Boar's Head? Who were the Wise Men?, Just why DO we eat Brussel sprouts? Did you know that Bethlehem is the Hebrew for House of Bread? Or who sent the first Christmas card and why? And did you know that 'card' originates from khartes meaning papyrus leaf? Here, in easy to use A-Z format, are the answers to the questions that so many of us ask at Christmas time. Whether you love or hate Christmas you'll be fascinated to learn why we celebrate Christmas the way we do, and what traditions people from other countries have at Yuletide.

Entertaining and informative, each entry includes a dictionary definition, the origin of the word or phrase and sometimes a further relevant snippet of information such as a biblical reference or a general description. Then follows the entry, sometimes just a single paragraph, giving more detailed information in concise, accessible language.Whether you are a Christian or not, Christmas is a magical time, which will only be enhanced by reading this fascinating, informative and fun book.
Publisher: London : 2005
ISBN: 9780826487490
0826487491
Branch Call Number: ANF 394.2663 JOHN
Characteristics: ix,148 p. ; 23 cm

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