A Christmas Cornucopia : The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

A Christmas Cornucopia : The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

Details

Author(s)
Mark Forsyth
Format
Hardback | 192 pages
Dimensions
120 x 187 x 21mm | 219g
Publication date
01 Aug 2018
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
VIKING
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
UK ed.
ISBN10
0241267730
ISBN13
9780241267738
Bestsellers rank
86,857

Description

By the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling author

"Witty and revelatory. Blooming brilliant" Raymond Briggs

"Everything we ever thought about Christmas is wrong! Great stuff" Matthew Parris

The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs

For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas.

We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means 'Go away, Christ'. Nor do we know that Christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on 28 March - and only moved to 25 December in 354 AD. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularizing sweet wrappers.

Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense - in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way.


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