A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

2016 | ISBN: 0241267730 | English | 192 Pages | EPUB | 4 MB

For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means "Go away, Christ." Nor do we know that Christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on March 28-and only moved to December 25 in 354 AD. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of Christmas crackers was merely a way of popularizing sweet wrappers. Luckily, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense-in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way.

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