The Christmas Encyclopedia

The Christmas Encyclopedia

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Baker & Taylor
Contains information about the Christmas holiday, from its inception in the fourth century to today, with entries discussing such topics as Santa Claus, the yule log, holly, Christmas trees, music, and holiday customs.

Book News
This reference book contains information about the Christmas holiday, from its inception in the fourth century to today. Covering the entire season from Advent to Epiphany, approximately 340 entries discuss Santa Claus (and similar figures), the yule log, the Christmas tree, holly, mistletoe, music, holiday customs, and historical events that have shaped Christmas. Portrayals of Christmas in the popular media are given particular attention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

McFarland Publishing
Did you know that Iraqi Christians celebrate Christmas Eve with a bonfire of thorns? That farmers in the Netherlands practice Midwinter Horn Blowing throughout the Advent season? That people in Caracas, Venezuela, roller-skate to midnight mass on Christmas Eve? Find these fascinating facts and hundreds more in this new edition of William Crump’s acclaimed Christmas Encyclopedia. From Charles Dickens to Robert Frost, from “Mele Kalikimaka” to Messiah, and from Charlie Brown to the Waltons, all our favorite Christmas traditions—modern and vintage—are covered here.Crump’s second edition of this comprehensive reference work adds 120 new entries, bringing the total number of Christmas–related topics to more than 480. Subjects include individual carols and songs, Christmas episodes of television series, literary figures, and popular Christmas symbols, as well as the origins of some of our most celebrated Christmas traditions. Unique to this work is its emphasis on Christmas as depicted in the popular media, with entries covering literary works, motion pictures and television specials expressing holiday themes.

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2001
ISBN: 9780786410347
Characteristics: vi, 346 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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