Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments.The golden traditions of Christmas---gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more---infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ.Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus' birth. Discover how* after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus' incarnation.* the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.* the magi's three gifts---gold, frankincense, and myrrh---are filled with spiritual symbolism.The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.
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This is a wonderful book for all those who question the Christianity behind Christmas. There is a growing movement of Christians who reject Christmas on the notion that it is idolotrous pagan worship. This book was a liberating and refreshing vindication of the truth behing our Christmas traditions. God bless all who are willing to search out the truth in this book. God bless Ace Collins.
Wonderful, a must for those planning carols to gain those facts and stories that take the song beyond notes and chords. Read full review