The World Encyclopedia of Christmas

By the 20th century the English-Canadian Christmas had come in many ways to resemble the American celebration: a secular Advent marked by shopping more than the observance of saints' daysorother religiousobservances, the decoration ...

The World Encyclopedia of Christmas

At last, a truly comprehensive look at Christmas and all of its customs with its long history around the world. The World Encyclopedia of Christmas contains articles on the history of Christmas baking, drinking, and merrymaking, and Christmas dramas, music, literature, art, and films. It includes entries on the evolution of the Christmas tree and the Christmas card, gift-giving, and decoration of church and home. There are profiles of the many gift-bringers, from Santa Claus to Babouschka, and miraculous tales of the numerous saints associated with the season. And there are histories of seasonal celebrations and folk customs around the world, from the United States to Japan, from Egypt to Iceland. Who, for example, knew the links between the Punch and Judy show and Christmas? That the medieval Paradise tree hung with tempting apples was the forerunner of the Christmas tree? About the Peerie Guizers, who terrorized the Shetland Islands, going door-to-door for Christmas charity? Or what Freudians make of our interest in Christmas stockings and Santa’s entrance through the chimney? There are detailed accounts of Wren Boys and Star Boys, mumming and wassailing, the Feast of Fools and the origins of eggnog. And of course stories of the Nativity and legends of the Magi. With beautifully illustrated accounts ranging from the pagan roots of Yuletide, through the birth of Christ, and the long and fascinating history of the festival ever since, The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, is a rich and continually surprising array of religious and secular history, trivia, literature, and art. This wonderful book deserves to find a home with every family that celebrates Christmas.

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The World Encyclopedia of Christmas
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Gerry Bowler
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-10-23 - Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

At last, a truly comprehensive look at Christmas and all of its customs with its long history around the world. The World Encyclopedia of Christmas contains articles on the history of Christmas baking, drinking, and merrymaking, and Christmas dramas, music, literature, art, and films. It includes entries on the evolution
The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
Language: en
Pages: 524
Authors: Don Rubin, Chua Soo Pong, Minoru Tanokura, Ravi Chaturvedi, Ramendu Majumdar
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This new paperback edition provides a unique examination of theatre in Asia and the Pacific and is written by leading experts from within the countries covered. Its far-reaching scope and broad interpretation of theatre (to include all types of performance) set it apart from any other similar publication. Entries on
The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
Language: en
Pages: 544
Authors: Katherine Brisbane, Ravi Chaturvedi, Ramendu Majumdar, Chua Soo Pong, Minoru Tanokura
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-08-16 - Publisher: Routledge

This volume featrues over 250,000 words and more than 125 photographs identifying and defining theatre in more than 30 countries from India to Uzbekistan, from Thailand to New Zealand and featuring extensive documentation on contemporary Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Australian theatre.
They Do What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Extraordinary and Exotic Customs from around the World
Language: en
Pages: 374
Authors: Javier A. Galván
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-06-19 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

This single-volume work covers many traditions, customs, and activities Westerners may find unusual or shocking, covering everything from the Ashanti people's funeral celebrations to wife-carrying competitions in Finland. • Provides a unique global perspective via content from 48 authors currently working, living, or traveling in most continents of the world
Celebrating The 12 Days of Christmas
Language: en
Pages: 196
Authors: Chris Marchand
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-10 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

The song “The 12 Days of Christmas” is a mainstay of the holiday season, but the practice of celebrating Christmas as a twelve-day festival fell out of fashion long ago in most cultures. In Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, author Chris Marchand explores the history behind the season and