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The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Hardcover, 141 pages
Published 1986 by Time Life
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Adam Carter
I read this every Christmas. A delightful collection of prose and artwork detailing the myths surrounding the various winter festivals which went into the formation of Christmas. Details also the specific events from the New Testament, and all the embellishments which came later to the story. Covers the most probable origins of Christmas trees, and of Father Christmas (which was based on far more than just Saint Nicholas and Odin). Even has the words to some carols at the back.

Beautifully illust
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with all of the books from the Enchanted World Series, but this one was definitely one of my favorites. I recently decided to re-read it because I came down with a severe case of Christmas spirit. It's been many years since I've even glanced at this book, so reading it again made me very nostalgic indeed. Also, now that I'm older, I can appreciate (and understand!) the text much more. This book - and all of the books in the series - is a casual introduction to th ...more
My review for all of these books in this series is the same.

Time-Life has once again done an outstanding job putting together a series. From cover to cover they are thoughtful, beautiful books. I'm starting to sound generic, but it's true.
I'm a DK fan, I like white backgrounds and side notes with clear sections for every subject. This series has none of that. What they do have is an old book feel. Timeless artwork, thoroughness, and very well written makes these a must on my occult/paranormal b
This is one of the classic books from the The enchanted World series from Time Life Books. I really enjoyed this book that brings to light the origins of Christmas traditions and legends including much of the winter holidays celebrated in the past. In addition to the large amount of information this book also contains amazing artwork to tantalize your eyes as the words fill your mind. Oh and there is a section for some Christmas songs in case you want to see what is out there. :)

My favorite part
It's probably long out of print, part of their series The Enchanted World (the only volume of said series that I still own). Lots of great tidbits about Christmas traditions all over the world, and lots of great artwork. The cover art inspired me to write "The Firflake," and one of the articles about Christmas Ghosts was the impetus for my still unfinished and thus untitled second Christmas book.
This beautifully illustrated book is a lovely blend of fact and fiction, of the folklore surrounding the festive time of Winter.
A series of short articles and stories.
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