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A Christmas Cornucopia
A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions | Mark Forsyth
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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 March 28th - and only moved to 25th 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 popularising 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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Booksnchill
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Finishing up my Christmas Eve reading of my Short Story Advent Calendar and the biography of Santa in A Christmas Cornucopia while sitting by the fire pit in the 68 degree sunshine! About to open my Jolabokaflod package to see what I am reading this evening! My dinner- Lobster, spinach salad and dutch apple pie- I say make your own traditions!!!🥳🎄🥰

Christine Sign me up for your traditions! 😋❤️ 3w
Booksnchill @Christine 👍💖🎄 3w
cariashley Sounds amazing!! 3w
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One chapter per night from now through December 26 following 7 Christmas traditions. First up- “Why 25 December?”. The countdown is on!

LeahBergen This looks good! 1mo
Aimeesue Pretty! 1mo
Booksnchill The prologue and first chapter were informative and funny 1mo
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On Christmas cards ...

Louise Hahaha! Wicked but there's some truth in it! 😂 3y
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Fabulous!

Louise Thanks! I know just who's going to get this for Christmas! 🎄 3y
Kaddele I'm thinking of bulk buying this for all of my colleagues - it's such a fun little book. 3y
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