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A fascinating miscellany that celebrates all things Christmas from the author of The Curious Gardener?s Almanac.Drawing from more than two thousand years of history and culture, this collection of anecdotes, customs, tips, and recipes features more than 1,000 entries honoring one of the world?s most celebrated holidays. This unpredictable, addictive gem weaves in famous quA fascinating miscellany that celebrates all things Christmas from the author of The Curious Gardener?s Almanac.Drawing from more than two thousand years of history and culture, this collection of anecdotes, customs, tips, and recipes features more than 1,000 entries honoring one of the world?s most celebrated holidays. This unpredictable, addictive gem weaves in famous quotations, traditional sayings, verses, and wisdom to create a book that will be enjoyed long after the Christmas tree is down and the turkey leftovers finished off. Each page yields tidbits on everything from the real reason why December 25th was chosen as the celebratory day and a 19th-century turkey recipe to the origins of kissing under mistletoe and statistics showing why Christmas is proven to be more stressful than divorce or burglary. Chapter topics include: ? Farting Dwarves and Peacock Pie (or, How Our Ancestors Celebrated Christmas) ? Will the Real Father Christmas Please Stand Up (or, The Origins of Santa Claus) ? Happy Reunions, Terrible Tantrums (or, Christmas and the Family) ? Reindeer Sausages and Minced Coffins (or, Christmas Food and Drink) ? And much more With enough curiosities to intrigue, amuse, and enlighten even the grumpiest Scrooge, this is the perfect gift book for anyone who counts down the months until their favorite holiday....

Title : The Curious World of Christmas: Celebrating All That Is Weird, Wonderful, and Festive
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ISBN : 9780399534577
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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The Curious World of Christmas: Celebrating All That Is Weird, Wonderful, and Festive Reviews

  • Megan
    2019-02-24 13:14

    Interesting enough. Some parts were funny, others silly, still others sobering. The section on war at Christmastime had some touching stories, but the section about disasters at Christmastime was depressing. Otherwise, the book was filled with some amusing reflections on the history, the traditions and the commercialism of Christmas.

  • Lesli
    2019-03-09 12:28

    I enjoyed this book, it has a lot of fun facts.Although I thought even though Edworthy said he was pro Christmas traditions he seemed a little passive aggressive negative through the whole book. Oh well, it still had lots of fun facts about the origins of different Christmas traditions.

  • Todd Stockslager
    2019-03-18 15:36

    Nothing new or curious here, just a fairly typical compendium of Christmas facts, certainly festive, sometimes wonderful, seldom weird (although King Henry II's court fool Roland the Farter who was called on to perform his popular "a leap, a whistle, and a fart" routine, was a new fact I'll mix into conversation as much as possible this holiday season) in a tidy little package, with a ribbon bookmark sewn into the binding to tie up the bundle.In fact, to maintain the compact (nearly pocketable) size, the typefaces are very small and difficult to read, especially when long sections are in small italics, and some farts--er, fonts--are in a light gray color against beige or gray backgrounds, some with line drawings watermarked behind the text. The typographical effect is attractive when flipping through the pages, but makes the book very tiresome on the eyes when actually reading it.Would make a good bathroom book for reading in short segments. Gift it to the Roland the Farters on your list.

  • Cait
    2019-02-24 16:25

    Really interesting book - learned lots of things I didn't know.Well presented with different sections, easy to go back and find bits.Quite funny and found myself reading bits out to people.Liked the addition of bits from people talking about their (usually unconventional) Christmases.Definitely aimed at adults rather than kids.

  • TJ
    2019-03-12 08:18

    I think I was gifted this book on Christmas. While is it very entertaining and filled with many fun facts about this joyous holiday. I found myself to be a very large grinch and my mind wandered frequently when trying to finish it.But I was glad I did. If not I would not have the recipe for drunk Christmas cake - which is awesome or Martha Washington's recipe for fruitcake.

  • Jessie
    2019-03-22 12:17

    Great seasonal reading. The book is an interesting blend of origin stories of aspects of Christmas, historical facts about things (mostly tragic) that happened around the holidays and primary research (direct quotes and personal holiday stories). The layout is different to keep the reader engaged but at times the text was too small to read.

  • Laura Moore
    2019-03-08 16:20

    As someone who is totally obsessed with all things Christmassy I really loved this book with its mixture of quirky facts and historical information. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the font size was so small I almost needed a magnifying glass to read it!!

  • Amanda
    2019-03-13 08:27

    Not what I was expecting, but entertaining nonetheless - lots of interesting and curious tidbits about my favorite holiday - set up in sort of a Reader's Digest format, the little snippits of facts and stories made for a quick read. Enjoyed.

  • Bridgette
    2019-03-07 11:21

    Reads like the unorganized notes of an author who meant to write a book from his research. A bibliography would have been appreciated too, or at least a list of works (loosely) cited throughout. Many of the snippets were interesting, but most were too general or without context.

  • Julie
    2019-03-22 11:35

    This was given to me by a student. I read about half at Christmastime and then got caught up in other books. Wonderful tidbits of trivia mixed with humor, but definitely the sort of book you pick at here and there and don't read all at once.

  • Sarah Evans
    2019-03-19 09:22

    A very British and fun collection of Christmas quotes and trivia.

  • Erika
    2019-03-19 16:08

    An amusing and mildly informative book, it's mostly quotes and short little anecdotes about the various different ways Christmas has been celebrated and how it's changed over the years.

  • Susan
    2019-03-01 11:08

    Interesting, amusing, tragically sad the war time chapter.A book for the broad open minded