4000 Years of Christmas: A Gift from the Ages

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Ulysses Press, 1997 - Religion - 108 pages
What if our entire civilization could write its own memoirs and tell the complete story of Christmas past? Surprisingly, the tale would begin not in Bethlehem, but two thousand years earlier in the cradle of civilization. It would be a nostalgic story involving Christians and non-Christians alike. Babylonians Greeks, and Romans - whose ancient customs became part of the Christmas celebration - would people its pages. We would see early Europeans hanging fir sprigs and winter greenery to renew life and protect against the cold blasts of Arctic wind. People who had not yet learned of the Christ child would be burning Yule logs. Of course, the most important chapter in these memoirs would take place in a manger surrounded by Wise Men and marked with a brilliant star. But the tale would continue on for another two thousand years as generation after generation added to the customs of Christmas.

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User Review  - dpevers - LibraryThing

A bit of this was new to me, having read may other books on the "history" of Christmas. No major disagreements with most of the other books. A very light read, taking me only a couple of hours. Read full review

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A slim little volume which discusses briefly (and somewhat selectively) the history of Christmas traditions including Santa Claus/Saint Nicholas/Father Christmas, gift-giving, Christmas trees, and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
Prologue
15
The Rising Sun Goes West
24
Copyright

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