THE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS: THE HIDDEN STORIES BEHIND OUR FESTIVE TRADITIONS
What is the significance of misteltoe at Christmas? Why do we eat Brussel sprouts for Christmas dinner? When did turkeys become the plat du jour? Just who is, or was, Santa Claus?
In The Book of Christmas, best-selling author and acclaimed historian, Christopher Winn, casts a witty and revealing eye on the stories, myths and legends of the most celebrated festival of the year: Christmas. In this lovingly written collection of festive myths, legends and (quite often) bizarre traditions, discover the fascinating stories behind some of our most cherished Christmas rituals and customs. Along with the stories behind many of the more mainstream customs, Christopher Winn also unearths some of the more unusual traditions from around the world; from the burning of the13-foot Yule Goat of Sweden to Japan's predilection for a Kentucky Fried Chicken Christmas dinner; the Peter Pan swim in London to the hiding of broomsticks in Norway, discover the fascinating truth (and oddities) behind this very special religious holiday.
Beautifully produced and charmingly illustrated, The Book of Christmas is a treasure trove of all things Christmas to delight the whole family.
Christopher Winn is a freelance writer, historian, and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail,Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Spectator, Daily Express and The Field. Winn's first bestselling I Never Knew That series has sold around 1 million copies.