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.