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Christmas : A short history from solstice to santa - Andy Thomas


A short history from solstice to santa

Hardcover Available: 1st October 2019
ISBN: 9781782407805
Number Of Pages: 144

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In an intriguing and entertaining journey, this book uncovers the fascinating background to one of the biggest festive seasons. From the ancient ceremonies celebrating Midwinter to festivals of Sol Invictus, and from Constantine’s establishment of a Christian festival to medieval ‘misrule’, the time around the solstice has long been an opportunity for people to come together and rejoice. These festive traditions have developed in many directions around the world. This book tells the fuller story behind the sparkle and the merriment, and shows why, despite all the modern commercialism, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.

Introduction Chapter 1: Ancient Christmas Inviting Christmas In Ancient Celebrations The Midwinter Solstice Sol Invictus and Saturnalia Ancient Madonnas The Nativity Story Mangers and Stables The Magi The Star of Bethlehem Signs In the Sky The EpiphanyChapter 2: The Beginnings of Christmas The Beginnings of Christmas The Advent of Advent The Evolution of Christmas Yule and the Wild Hunt Medieval Christmas Holly and Ivy Mistletoe and Wine Here We Come a Wassailing The Feast of Stephen Present Giving The Rule of Misrule Boy Bishops and Lord of MisruleChapter 3: Christmas Under Threat Christmas Under Threat Rise of the Puritans The End of Christmas Christmas Behind Closed Doors The Vindication of ChristmasChapter 4: the Season's Return The Season's Return Christmas Carols Shepherds and Partridges The Slow Recovery of ChristmasChapter 5: the Victorian Revival The Victorian Revival Prince Albert's German Christmas Christmas Trees The Evolution of the Christmas Tree World Tree Traditions Christmas Dinners Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding Games and Christmas Cards A Christmas CarolChapter 6: Father Christmas The Ascent of Father Christmas Santa's Many Guises Father Christmas Vs Santa Claus Sinterklaas and Krampus The Night Before Christmas The Proliferation of SantaChapter 7: the Modern Christmas A White Christmas Christmas In Wartime and After Christmas Shopping The Spirit of Giving A Moment of Stillness A Very Happy ChristmasFurther Reading Index Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9781782407805
ISBN-10: 1782407804
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Available: 1st October 2019
Publisher: The Ivy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.9

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