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Fiona Macdonald

Christmas, A Very Peculiar History

Just when you thought it was safe to take a sneak peek into your stocking, it's 'Christmas: A Very Peculiar History'. Taking an unbiased view of the myth and mystery surrounding the origins of the yuletide season, this book introduces mindbending facts about the holiday season and shatters the myths surrounding some of Christmas' most treasured and well-known facets: When exactly was Jesus born? Why is Santa's outfit red and white? Where do we get Christmas trees from? What's the snow in a snowglobe made of? What's Boxing Day all about? 'Christmas: A Very Peculiar History' takes a sideways look at bizarre yuletide customs and stories from around the world, such as Santa's evil sidekick, the terrifying Krampus, and the Scandinavian celebration of Saint Lucy. So leave the mince pies on the mantlepiece if you've been good and block up your chimneys if you've been bad, because 'Christmas: A Very Peculiar History' is here.
92 printed pages
Publishers
Andrews UK, Salariya

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    Oleg Emelyanovhas quoted2 years ago
    In Greece and lands to the east they tell the story of Adonis [a handsome Sun-god] who was killed by a wild boar. That animal is a symbol of Winter, because a boar is a rough and brutal creature, that loves damp, muddy and frost-covered places, and feeds on acorns, which are a winter crop. This [story] is a way of saying that Winter wounds the Sun, for in Winter, we find the Sun’s heat and light failing, in the same way that strength and energy fade away from all creatures at death….’

    Roman writer Macrobius, around AD 400, from Macrobius, Saturnalia book I, chap 21.

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