Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

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Harper Collins, 2003 - Religion - 195 pages
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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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Wonderful, a must for those planning carols to gain those facts and stories that take the song beyond notes and chords. Read full review

Contents

Before You Wish for an OldFashioned Christmas
9
Advent
21
Angels
27
Birthday Cake for jesus
33
Boxing Day
37
Candy Canes
41
Carols and Caroling
46
Christmas Cards
53
Gifts
95
Handels Messiah
102
Holly
113
Lights
118
Mistletoe
125
Movies of Christmas
131
Nativity Scenes and Christmas Pageants
138
The Nutcracker Ballet
144

Christmas Seals
61
Christmas Trees
70
The Colors of Christmas
76
Decorations and Ornaments
81
Epiphany
89
Poinsettias
152
Santa Claus
159
The Twelve Days of Christmas I 78
178
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Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

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