Monday, December 13, 2010

Top 5 Christmas miscellanea titles

List by Tosca

"As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is."
- Eric Sevareid

Bah humbug! I'm not a Christmas person. In fact, I have a black Bah Humbug hat and an 'I hate Christmas' badge that I love to wear each year. That whole touchy feeling thing that people do at this time of year? So not me. In fact, the thought of being sentimental at any time of year fills me with horror...so Christmas, in my neurotic mind, is ten times worse. Instead, I'm the sort of person who takes comfort in researching the traditions and customs associated with the silly season in an effort to make sense of it all. At 35 years of age I can't say that it's worked for me LOL It has, however, given me an interesting look at how and why people celebrate Christmas the way that they do. Something I'd like to do this year, though, is make an effort to recapture some of what I used to find magical and hopeful - hence my '12 days of Christmas Top 5s.' From philosophies to trivia, picture books to DVDs, every day for the next 12 days we'll be posting a Top 5 list. Whoa. I'm going to be all Christmas-ed out by the 25th December... Today's post is my pick of Christmas miscellanea titles :)



Honourable mentions:
* The Xmas files : the philosophy of Christmas by Stephen Law - A philosophical but fun look at the meanings of Christmas myths and rituals, from carving the turkey to why Santa wears red.
* What is myrrh anyway? : everything you always wanted to know about Christmas by Jonathan Green - "A festive excursion through the history, science, music, culture and traditions of everyone's favourite holiday." -- Global Books in Print.
* Everything Christmas by David Bordon and Tim Winters - recipes, hymns, carols, poems, decoration ideas, trivia and humour.
* A Christmas miscellany : everything you always wanted to know about Christmas by Jonathan Green - Reveals the origins of many Christmas traditions from why people go caroling to the practice of sending greeting cards, in a nostalgic tribute that includes coverage of historical and religious customs.
* Family quizmas : Christmas bedtime stories & trivia fun by Christmas stories and trivia designed especially for families.
* Quizmas Christmas trivia family fun by Gordon Pape and Deborah Kerbel - A collection of Christmas trivia.


Stuff the turkey : how to survive Christmas with your family / Steve Caplin and Simon Rose
You don't have to be Scrooge to find Christmas and New Year an ordeal. So much to think of, so much to prepare, so much to eat. Written by Steve Caplin and Simon Rose 'Stuff The Turkey' is a tongue-in-cheek, yet informative guide to the Christmas season.

Everything Christmas / David Bordon and Tim Winters
"Christmas is a time of celebration and wonder, a time to embrace longstanding traditions and establish new ones. It’s a time for meals made of memories and heartwarming stories shared around the fireplace. It’s a time for worship, reflection, and remembrance of God’s greatest gift. Everything Christmas brings all the best ideas for the holiday season together in one volume. In this book, you’ll find your favorite classic Christmas stories and a few new ones destined to join them. You’ll discover the most delectable holiday recipes, enjoy the words to treasured hymns and carols, be encouraged by inspirational Christmas poems, and find renewed joy in the Nativity story. From decoration ideas to Christmas trivia and humor – it’s all here!" -- Publisher's description.

Eat, drink and be merry : a Christmas miscellany / Susan Kelleher & René Rodgers
Why do the English have turkey and Christmas pudding at our Christmas dinner? Why were children encouraged to burn their fingers at Christmas in Victorian England? What was the kissing bough? The answers are in this compendium of the festive season, which is stuffed full of fascinating facts, spiced with extracts of poetry and prose and served with a delightful selection of illustrations. Ancient customs, traditional recipes and the religious beliefs behind all the merry-making are all included in this book, which will delight anyone who loves Christmas and the festive season.

A Christmas compendium / J. John
How much do you know about Christmas and it's many traditions? Who was Father Christmas? What is the significance of the Boar's Head?, Who were the Wise Men? Did you know that Bethlehem is the Hebrew for House of Bread? Or who sent the first Christmas card and why? And did you know that `card' originates from khartes meaning papyrus leaf? Here, in easy to use A-Z format, are the answers to the questions that so many of us ask at Christmas time. Whether you love or hate Christmas you'll be fascinated to learn why we celebrate Christmas the way we do, and what traditions people from other countries have at Yuletide. Entertaining and informative, each entry includes a dictionary definition, the origin of the word or phrase and sometimes a further relevant snippet of information such as a biblical reference or a general description. Then follows the entry, sometimes just a single paragraph, giving more detailed information in concise, accessible language. As a practising Christian, J. John never lets the real message slip away. Whether you are a Christian or not, Christmas is a magical time, which will only be enhanced by reading this fascinating, informative and fun book.

Christmas A to Z : unwrap the wonder of seasonal words and phrases
From the serious to the sublime to the silly, Christmas A-Z defines the history, the usage, and the glory of 500 of your favorite Christmas words. Discover and wonder anew at the traditions, trivia, and transcendence of the greatest season of the year through this dictionary of all things Christmas. Traditions - Look inside the history of Christmas with definitions from Advent to Yule. Trivia - Smile as you discover the stories behind words and phrases like Aluminum Christmas Trees and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out". Transcendence - Understand more deeply Jesus Christ and His advent by reading about the people, places, animals, and customs from Bethlehem to Wise Men. When you flip through Christmas A-Z, you will: Rekindle memories from Christmases gone by Understand more deeply Jesus Christ and His advent; Read in awe about all the people, places, and happenings of the first Christmas... and every one since; Experience better conversations with family and friends; Smile hundreds of times.

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